Posted on 03/07/2012
BSc Biochemistry, 1977 Bedford College
Martin Buck isa microbiologist who is Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Head of Plant and Microbial Sciences at Imperial College, London. He is 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.