A collaborative study on the role of the small chloroplast protein CP12 on growth and metabolism in tobacco plants is due to be published in Plant Physiology. Beyond my main focus on plant biology, metabolic flux analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis has revealed an unexpected function for the enzyme isocitrate lyase which provides a potential drug target for treatment of TB.
Committee member of the Biochemical Society Theme Panel III: Bioenergetics and Metabolism. The theme panel meets about three times each year to consider sponsorship of meeting proposals. If you have any suggestions for novel and exciting meetings in the area of metabolic biology, I would love to hear from you. In autumn 2010 I again attended the Biochemical Society jamboree in London - a two-day event that seeks to bring together the members of all the specialist themes to coordinate our diverse activities and explore areas and topics of common interest.