Posted on 03/07/2012
BSc Biochemistry, 1977 Bedford College
Martin Buck is a microbiologist who is Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Head of Plant and Microbial Sciences at Imperial College, London. Buck's studies of the genetic responses of bacteria to changes in their environment have opened avenues to the development of new antibacterial agents. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. His research explores how genes are controlled in response to environmental changes. His work revealed how a ‘molecular machine' called RNA polymerase allows access to the genetic information stored in DNA. His work has established a new paradigm for gene activation in bacteria.