Dr. Colin Berry

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Dr. Berry's research focuses on the control of parasitic diseases by:

(i) Biological control of vector mosquitoes and insect pests of agriculture using the insecticidal bacteria Lysinibacillus sphaericus (formerly known as Bacillus sphaericus) and Bacillus thuringiensis.
(ii) Targetting parasite aspartic proteinases and other parasite proteins for the production of novel therapeutic agents.

Contact Information

Email :

Tel: 029-20874508
Fax: 029-20874305

Cardiff School of Biosciences,
Cardiff University
Park Place,
Cardiff CF10 3AT,
Wales, UK.

Career History

  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Southampton, 1984.
  • PhD Biochemistry, University of Bristol, 1988.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, National University of Singapore, 1988-1992.
  • E. Alan Johnston Royal Society Research Fellow, Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, 1992-2002.
  • Lecturer in Biochemistry, Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, 2000-2003.
  • Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry, Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, 2003-2009.
  • DSc, University of Bristol, 2008.
  • Visiting Professor, Agronomy and Veterinary Faculty, University of Brasilia, Brazil, 2008-Present.
  • Reader, Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, 2009-Present.


Dr. Berry's research has attracted funding from a variety of sources including The Royal Society, the UK research councils, the Welsh Development Agency, the World Health Organisation, the Leverhulme Trust, the Wellcome Trust, the British Council, the Welsh Assembly Government, DEFRA, the Cardiff Partnership Fund & various industrial sponsors.

Many fruitful collaborative links with groups in academic and industrial institutions, both in the UK and overseas, have been established. Regular visits and exchanges occur between staff in Cardiff and the collaborating groups.

Facilities Available

We are fortunate in having access to all the facilities necessary to research in protein chemistry, enzymology, molecular and cell biology, either directly within Cardiff University, or via extensive collaborative links. Such facilities include diode array and atomic absorption spectrophotometers, FPLC, HPLC, amino acid analysis, peptide synthesis and sequencing, automated DNA sequencing, quantitative PCR using light-cycler and Taqman technologies, gene-arraying technology, transcriptomics and proteomics, molecular graphics and other computing equipment, electron and confocal microscopy, tissue culture suites and an insectarium.

Dissemination of Results

Research results are published in the scientific press and are presented regularly at both national and international meetings. The participation of all group members in these events is actively encouraged and presentational skills are developed with assistance from the principal investigator. Follow the links to view our Online Guidelines for

  • The Design and Delivery of GOOD PRESENTATIONS and
  • For the use of Augmented Reality to display protein structures.
  • CB HomePage | Toxins | Proteinases | FA Synthesis |Publications |

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    Updated July 2013
    by Dr. C. Berry.

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