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Stephen E. Harding

Professor of Applied Biochemistry, Faculty of Science

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Biography

BA, MA, DSc University of Oxford; Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit

Born: Wallasey, Wirral. Education: Pembroke College Oxford. Employment: Lister PostDoc, Univ Bristol (1981-2); Oppenheimer Postdoc, Univ Cambridge (1983-4); Supervisor (Queens College Cambridge 1984); Univ Nottingham (84-present). Visiting Prof: Friedrich Schiller Univ, Jena, (2009-13). Adjunct Prof: Univ Oslo (2017-present). Awards: RSC Junior Medallist (1991); Oxford Univ DSc (2002); Norwegian Award (2012); 2016 Hakon Hakonsson Lecturer; 2017 Svedberg Lecturer; Wikipedia Norway; Knights of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. Publications/Citations/H-index (Google Scholar); Publication downloads & links (Research Gate); Books (Amazon.co.uk); Orcid (Research Club).

Research Summary

Our laboratory in the NCMH (National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics) is involved in developing hydrodynamic methodology (molecular size, shape and interaction analysis, using primarily… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

Our laboratory in the NCMH (National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics) is involved in developing hydrodynamic methodology (molecular size, shape and interaction analysis, using primarily viscometry, analytical ultracentrifugation and light scattering) and its application to the study of biopolymers (primarily carbohydrate based) involved in the following 8 areas:

  • Glycovaccines: funded by GSK Vaccines, Rixensart
  • Beta glucans and cholesterol lowering: funded by the BBSRC
  • The Saving Oseberg project: the treatment of ancient wood structures from the Viking Age (with the University of Oslo, with whom I have a joint appointment). Funded by the Norwegian Government and the EPSRC (CDT Sustainable Chemistry programme)
  • Submaxillary mucin and its implications in aroma release (EPSRC CDT Sustainable Chemistry programme with Dr. Ian Fisk as lead).
  • Novel starch based emulsion systems for reduced salt or sugar levels (BBSRC funded project with Dr. Bettina Wolf as lead)
  • AMR glycoconjugates (with Dr. Mary Phillips-Jones as lead)
  • Diabetes: insulin analogues and novel therapeutic polysaccharides (with Dr. Gary Adams as lead, and funded by the InDependent Diabetes trust)
  • DNA research: (i) carbohydrate - DNA interactions, and (ii) following the successful Wirral & West Lancashire Viking DNA project with Profs. Mark Jobling and Judith Jesch, the Northern England DNA project - Prof Turi King as lead - supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Links and downloads to recent papers/ books in these projects can be found on our Google Scholar or Research Gate pages. Other useful links:

If you are interested in studying or collaborating with us, email steve.harding@nottingham.ac.uk

Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

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The University of Nottingham
University Park

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