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Professor Peter L Roach 

Professor of Chemical Biology, Head of Organic Teaching

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Professor Peter L Roach is Professor of Biological Chemistry within Chemistry at the University of Southampton.



Peter Roach was an undergraduate at Bristol University and graduated with an honours degree in Biochemistry in 1986. After a year working at Hammersmith Hospital, he studied for a PhD in peptide chemistry at Edinburgh University, under the supervision of Professor Bob Ramage. In 1990 he began postdoctoral research with Professor Sir Jack Baldwin FRS. He was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 1997 and made a tutorial fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. In 1999, he was appointed to a lectureship at Southampton University and was made Senior Lecturer in 2008. Peter is a member of the Biochemical Society.

Research interests

Research Keywords

Biosynthesis, enzyme mechanisms, radicals, structural studies, iron sulphur clusters, DNA methyltransferase, DNA repair, epigenetics, suspension arrays, encoding.

Research Funding

2008-2011 “Novel Antibiotics from DNA Adenine Methyltransferase Inhibitors”, DTRA, £955k. US DTRA, collaborative grant with Prof. P. Oyston, DSTL Porton Down,

2005-2008 "Receptronics" EU STREP Contract NMP4-CT-2005-017114, 1.99M€.

2003-2008 “4 Billion Bases A Day”, RCUK, £5.1M. Collaborative grant with Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh.


Research project with Sociology:  Silicon Nanowire Arrays for Viral Infection markers

Research project(s)

Roach: Radical AdoMet Proteins

Roach: DNA Methyltransferases

Roach: Receptronics

Roach: Encoded Suspension Microparticle Arrays

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I give lectures on:

CHEM1018 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (first year)
CHEM1012 Introduction to Chemistry (first year biology students)
CHEM2010 Organic Chemistry in the Environment (second year)
CHEM3038 Advance Organic Chemistry (third year)

I am coordinator for the postgraduate course CHEM6020 Problem Solving in Chemical Biology.

Professor Peter L Roach
Chemistry University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 30/5036

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