Benjamin R. Lichman

Benjamin R. Lichman


  • Senior Lecturer, CNAP
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Self funded PhD applications are welcome. Please contact me to discuss potential research topics.

Personal profile

Research interests


Plant natural product biosynthesis

Molecular mechanisms

  • Deciphering biosynthetic pathways
  • Protein X-ray crystallography
  • Enzyme mechanism

Evolutionary origins

  • Enzyme sub/neo-functionalisation
  • The formation of metabolic gene clusters
  • The phylogenomics of specialised metabolisms

Practical applications

  • Synthetic biology platforms for natural product production
  • Industrial biocatalysis


Employment History

2019 - present - Future Leaders Fellow

Centre for Agricultural Products, Department of Biology, University of York

2018-2019 - Lecturer

Department of Biology, University of York

2016-2018, Post-doctoral Researcher

O'Connor group, John Innes Centre

2011-2016, PhD

Ward and Hailes groups, University College London

2007-2011, MSci

Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, PhD: Norcoclaurine synthase: the mechanism and biocatalytic potential of a Pictet-Spenglerase, University College London

Award Date: 1 Feb 2016

Masters, MSci MA (Cantab), University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jun 2011

External positions

Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Biological Chemistry, John Innes Centre

1 Feb 201623 Nov 2018

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