University of York

The Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP): CNAP is an award winning strategic research centre dedicated to realising the potential of plants as renewable, low-cost factories that produce high-value chemicals and biofuels. It is cited in the Department of Biology at The University of York. The Department’s research and teaching spans the whole spectrum of biological sciences – from molecular analysis of human diseases to understanding the global environment.   The Biology Department at York accepted its first undergraduates in 1965 and moved to its present buildings in 1968.  Over the years it has grown enormously, with the opening of the £21.6M Biosciences building in 2003, part of which houses the innovative Technology Facility together with the York Structural Biology Laboratory.  The most recent expansion, the £5M extension of the Centre for Immunology and Infection, opened in 2010 and construction is underway for a new £7M 1700m2 teaching block. 


Neil Bruce:is currently Professor of Biotechnology at CNAP in the Department of Biology at the University of York. Following a PhD in Microbial Biochemistry at the University of Kent in 1987, he joined the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge and was awarded a Research Fellowship at Wolfson College. He was appointed to a University Lectureship in Biotechnology in the same department in 1990 and appointed to a Fellowship at Trinity Hall. He was promoted to a Personal Readership in 2001. In 2002 he was appointed to the Chair of Biotechnology at the University of York. The research themes of his laboratory are environmental and industrial biotechnology. A major focus of his research is to understand how microorganisms and plants metabolise xenobiotic compounds. He is particularly interested in utilising the enzymes he discovers for industrial applications. He is funded by the BBSRC, US Department of Defense, NERC, EPSRC and the EU.