David Barford

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David Barford

ResidenceCambridge, UK
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisCrystallographic studies on glycogen phosphorylase b (1988)
Doctoral advisorLouise Johnson
Doctoral studentsLori Passmore[2]

David Barford FRS FMedSci is a British medical researcher and structural biologist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology Cambridge, UK.


Barford studied Biochemistry at the University of Bristol and then went on to earn a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, supervised by Professor Dame Louise Johnson.

Career and research[edit]

Barford worked at the University of Dundee Medical Research Council (MRC) Protein Phosphorylation Unit with Professor Sir Philip Cohen FRS and Tricia Cohen. He was a Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA (1991 to 1994). From 1994 he was University Lecturer at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. In 1999 he was appointed as Professor of Molecular Biology at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. In 2013 Barford was appointed as a group leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge. He has been Co-Head of the Division of Structural Studies since Dec 2015.

He was a member of the Faculty of 1000 from 2002 to 2004.



  1. ^ a b Barford, D (1999). "Colworth Medal Lecture. Structural studies of reversible protein phosphorylation and protein phosphatases". Biochemical Society Transactions. 27 (6): 751–66. doi:10.1042/bst0270751. PMID 10830099.
  2. ^ Passmore, Lori Anne (2003). Structural and functional studies of the anaphase promoting complex (APC). london.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University Of London. OCLC 500247667. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.406167.