QMUL People: Jon Nield, Ph.D., ARCS, Dip.IC

Jon Nield - Ph.D. - Biochemist and Structural Biologist

This is the personal homepage of Jon Nield hosted on Queen Mary University of London's central servers. Thank you for visiting.
Jon maintains a greater web presence at the addresses below.

My work

I have core interests in transmission (cryo-)electron microscopy [this technique being the focus of 2017's Nobel Prize in Chemistry], single particle analysis and X-ray crystallography.
Over the past 23 years (part-time since 2009), we've used these techniques to contribute towards a variety of published work, now approaching 100 publications in total, 50+ of which are in international renowned journals, several in Nature, Plant Cell, PNAS, etc., including consultancy for approved International Baccalaureate texts (since 2014) and a variety of other text books (11 book & journal front covers).
[2690 citations May 2018; Scopus; avg.citations/year approx. 105; h-index: 31]

This body of work has revealed novel photosynthetic structures about 20 to 40 nm in diameter (500 to 3,000 kDa in molecular mass) at medium to low resolutions of 15 to 25 Angstroem.
These revealed 2D/3D structures are functionally intact photosystem reaction centres, with their light-harvesting antennae still bound, isolated from a variety of organisms.
It is anticipated this will aid future research, elsewhere, in the design of artificial photosynthesis/renewable energy technologies.
A broader range of structures involved in bacterial pathogenesis, neurotoxicity and Alzheimer's have also been probed by myself and those I've had the pleasure to work with.

My research focus is now shifting towards neurodegenerative disease, while maintaining a keen interst in the assembly/repair/regulation of photosystem I & II.
I maintain a keen interest in refereeing scientific papers, grants and textbooks at the highest level and keep a modest teaching portfolio, aiding Biology UG/PG students in career advice and mentoring as best one can.
I was an Associate editor of an international journal (2005-2009) and used to enjoy co-ordinating scientific congresses (until 2007) with up to 350 participants.

Other links

Jon's Departmental staff page at SBCS

Direct link to my publications

My research server website