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Prof. Dr. Richard J. Cogdell

University of Glasgow
External Senior Fellow
April 2015

Room 01 027
Phone +49 (0)761-203 97440
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1970 BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Bristol
1973 PhD Biochemistry, University of Bristol

Positions & Employment:

1975 – 1986 Lecturer, Department of Botany, University of Glasgow
1986 – 1988 Senior Lecturer, Department of Botany, University of Glasgow
1988 – 1993 Titular Professor, Department of Botany, University of Glasgow
1987 – 1993 Head of Department of Botany, University of Glasgow
1993 – present Hooker Chair of Botany, Department of Botany, University of Glasgow
2008 – present Director of Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre, University of Glasgow
2010 – present Director of the Research Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biol.
2010 – present Deputy Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

Prizes, Awards & Distinctions:

1991 Royal Society of Edinburgh – Elected Fellow
1995 Alexander Von Humboldt Research Prize, Technical University of Berlin
1996 Guest Lecturer Award at Max Planck Institute for Radiation Chemistry
2002 DIAWA-ADRIAN Prize for Anglo-Japanese research
2004 Visiting Professor University of Paris-Sud
2005 – 2007 Adjunct Professor, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2007 Royal Society – Elected Fellow
2008 – present Adjunct Professor, Ma Cheung University, Indonesia
2009 Royal Society of Arts - Elected Fellow


Selected Publications

  • McDermott G, Prince SM, Freer AA, Hawthornthwaite-Lawless AM, Papiz MZ, Cogdell RJ and Isaacs NW (1995) Crystal structure of an integral membrane light-harvesting complex from photosynthetic bacteria. Nature 374:517-521.
  • Roszak AW, Howard TD, Southall J, Gardiner AT, Law CJ, Isaacs NW and Cogdell RJ (2003) Crystal structure of the RC-LH1 core complex from Rhodopseudomonas palustris. Science 302:1969-1972.
  • Cogdell, RJ, Gall, A and Kohler, J (2006) The architecture and function of the light-harvesting apparatus of purple bacteria: from single molecules to in vivo membranes. Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics, 39 . pp. 227-324.
  • Herek, JL, Wohlleben, W, Cogdell, RJ, Zeidler, D and Motzkus, M (2002) Quantum control of energy flow in light harvesting. Nature, 417 533-535.


FRIAS Research Project

Structure and Function of Bacterial Photosynthetic Membrane Proteins

Purple photosynthetic bacteria contain a range of different light harvesting complexes whose structure is basically well understood.  The possibility of obtaining a wide range of spectroscopic variants all of which have the same basic overall structure has proved to be very useful in being able to systematically relate their function to their structure.  The basis of this project will be to explore the use of these various different light harvesting complexes to investigate the role of quantum coherents in their light harvesting reactions.