Dr Robbie Baldock is a senior lecturer in biochemistry at Solent University, Southampton. In 2020, he was appointed to the Biochemical Society’s Research Area Committee for Genes and serves as a member of the University’s Faculty Research Advisory Group.
His laboratory studies the cellular mechanisms that maintain the integrity of DNA and how defects in these mechanisms can lead to disease. In 2016, Robbie completed his PhD at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre (University of Sussex) before moving to the USA to continue researching as a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Pittsburgh.
While in the US, Robbie provided consulting services for life science-based start-ups. He consulted on multiple projects as part of a dynamic team as well as leading projects to help innovators and investors realise the potential of the technologies.
Before joining Solent in 2018, Robbie helped deliver the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Summer Academy programme to college students. The aim of this programme is to enable students from diverse backgrounds to get involved with cutting-edge research early in their careers.
Between 2012 and 2015, Robbie served as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Sussex, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate elements of the curriculum.
Since joining Solent, Robbie has been awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of his commitment to high-quality teaching and has spearheaded the use of augmented reality as an innovative teaching aid for bioscience education.
The Baldock laboratory investigates the mechanisms that protect the integrity of DNA and repair. To achieve this, his lab employs molecular and cellular techniques such as microscopy, flow cytometry and various biochemical techniques to study the proteins involved. Recently, his lab was awarded funding from the Royal Society to investigate the mechanisms that protect mitochondrial DNA from accumulating damage.
The Baldock laboratory is currently accepting applications from self-funded PhD students. Please contact Dr Baldock in the first instance for more information.
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