Rick LewisProfessor, Newcastle University
- Newcastle University
- +44 191 208 5482
- United Kingdom
About Rick Lewis
I'm a structural biologist who has an interest in understanding at the molecular level how bacteria grow and divide. Part of both division and growth cycles depend upon communication across the cytoplasmic membrane so that essential activities on the outside of the bacterial cell are co-ordinated with intracellular events. I have been at Newcastle University since 2003, after establishing then overseen the growth of structural biology within the University.
I first started to write this post in the immediate aftermath of the UK Parliament descending into a pantomime-like farce; with fewer than 100 days ‘til the UK is destined to leave the EU, our elected representatives chose to spend their last days before the Christmas 2018 recess shouting abuse at each other. Let’s hope in the 71 days remaining before Brexit day, almost enough time for Phileas Fogg to go around the world, that UK politicians spend the time less shambolically but also that they suffer no more intimidation from mobs intent on blurring the lines between populism and extremism.