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Research Fellow in the Department of BiosciencesCG204+44 (0) 191 33 42143


Tessa Young obtained her PhD in bioinorganic chemistry from the University of Melbourne (2017) working with Prof. Tony Wedd and Dr Zhiguang Xiao, focussing on the quantification of metal-protein affinities. She developed new spectroscopic probes to study copper-binding interactions and employed these to characterise the copper chemistry of the amyloid precursor protein (APP), an important biomolecule in Alzheimer's disease. 

Tessa joined Durham University in 2018 as a Junior Research Fellow (COFUND), working at the interface of chemistry and biology to investigate how cobalt is supplied for vitamin B12. In 2019, she was awarded a Research Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to continue her work in the fascinating field of 'metals in biology'. 

Research interests

  • Cell biology of metals
  • Spectroscopic probes
  • Vitamin B12
  • Metalloenzymes

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