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Gregory Rix

Gregory RixGregory Rix smiles at the camera while wearing a graduation cap and gown.






I am a First-Year PhD student with research interests in Protein Engineering and Chemistry, achieving a 1st Class Master’s Degree in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry. This has allowed me to take modules in both the Biological and Chemistry fields, allowing a diverse knowledge of both disciplines.

My Master’s Project was entitled: Characterising the stability and activity of Bacteroides Thetaiotaomicron Multiple Inositol Polyphosphate Phosphatase further cultivating an interest in Enzyme analysis and Engineering leading to the creation of variant enzymes in order to enhance protein stability and thermostability. This project and the modules taken has me well suited with all the skills and knowledge required for this endeavour.


Current Research

'The biodiversity of organic phosphate (phytate) cycling in soils.'


The breakdown of phytate into inorganic phosphate is of interest for both industrial and ecological reasons. This project aims to investigate the soil microorganisms that are involved in breaking down phytate and the enzymes (phytases) they produce to do so.



Most Improved award for the academic year 2015-2016 in the School of Chemistry, UEA


Supervisory Team

Dr Charles Brearley