CV

Kyle Morris Ph.D. B.Sc.
Structural Biologist – Biophysicist 

Research 

Postdoc (Hurley Lab), QB3, University of California Berkeley, US
June 2013 – Present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Smith Lab), School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, UK
March 2013 – April 2016
Investigating clathrin assembly, disassembly and structure. 

BBSRC Visiting Postdoc (Cheng Lab)Macromolecular Structure Group, University of San Francisco, USA
January 2014 – February 2014 & October 2014 – December 2014
Cryo-EM and direct electron detection characterisation of proteinaceous self-assemblies. 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Serpell Lab), School of Life Sciences University of Sussex, UK
July 2012 – February 2013 
Continued research and publication of research carried out during my Ph.D. 

PhD - Graduate Teaching Assistant (Serpell Lab), School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, UK
October 2008 – June 2012 
Structural biology and biophysical characterisation of self-assembling proteins including amyloid-like peptides, low-molecular weight gelators, silks and amyloids using X-ray fibre diffraction, circular and linear dichroism, transmission electron microscopy and molecular modelling. Also, as a GTA I delivered undergraduate material on courses such as Biological Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Bioenergetics and Cell & Molecular Biology. 

Undergraduate Placement Student (Bioanalytical Development), GlaxoSmithKline, UK
September 2006 – September 2007 
During the course of this placement I worked on two projects developing methods required to support therapeutic monoclonal antibody development. I successfully transferred and developed a residual genomic DNA real time qPCR assay onto a new high throughput automated nucleic acid extraction platform. Further, I initiated the development of a real time reverse transcription qPCR assay for the detection of retrovirus like particles in CHO cell cultures.

Undergraduate Wellcome Scholarship Student (Triantafilou Lab), School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, UK
July 2006 – August 2006 
I conducted research into immunological cellular responses to HRV. This involved elucidating the expression levels of innate immune receptors by flow cytometry in response to in vitro infection. Further investigations were made using western blots, confocal microscopy and cytometic arrays. 

Education 

Biochemistry Ph.D., University of Sussex, UK
October 2008 – June 2012 
During my Ph.D. my area of research was anisotropic self-assembly; in particular the structural and biophysical characterisation of short amyloidogenic peptides and low molecular weight gelators. By using these model systems I worked to elucidate key sequence and physiochemical characteristics that drive self-assembly and determine structure. I used a combination of X-ray fibre diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, circular and linear dichroism as well as computational methods in molecular modelling and diffraction simulation. By investigating a breadth of model systems I hope my work is relevant for both disease and bionanotechnology. 

I successfully supervised three undergraduates and one postgraduate student through their dissertation research projects. Furthermore, in addition to my own research, I maintained collaborative relationships that have lead to a number of peer-reviewed publications

Molecular Medicine B.Sc. (2:1), University of Sussex, UK
October 2004 – June 2008 

Skills 

Bash, Python, Java, Matlab, Visual Basic programming
Cryo-Electron Microscopy 
X-ray Fibre Diffraction 
Circular and Linear Dichroism 
Spectroscopy 
Molecular Modelling 
Molecular Biology 
Project Management 
Presentation and Science Communication 

Conferences and public speaking 

May '15 - Invited oral presentation - Endocytosis and Clathrin Club, Warwick, UK
Apr '15 - Contributed presentation - CCPEM workshop, Oxfordshire, UK
Mar '15 - Invited seminar speaker - Cheng Lab, Macromolecular Structure Group, UCSF, USA
Jul '14 - Invited oral presentation - British Biophysical Society Meeting, Warwick, UK
Presentation title: The Structure of Cross-ß Tapes and Tubes
Sep '12 - Selected oral presentation - Polymeric and Self-Assembled Hydrogels, London, UK 
Presentation title: Self-sorting gelator networks - A new method. 
May '12 - Poster presentation - SCN-Directed Assembly Network Meeting, Bath, UK 
Dec '11 - Selected oral presentation - SCN Annual Conference, Bristol, UK 
Presentation title: How to design self-assembled hydrogelating fibres - A biophysical and structural characterisation.

Nov '11 - Invited oral presentation - CD & LD of Fibrillar Proteins, Royal Society London, UK 
Presentation title: The peaks and troughs of fibrillar characterisation.

Aug '11 - Poster presentation - Harden Conference: Synthetic Biology, Keele, UK 
Aug '10 - Selected oral presentation - ACA '10 Conference, Chicago USA 
Presentation title: Insights into amyloid structure from short-assembling peptides.

Jun '10 - Contributed presentation - Directed Assembly Network Meeting, Oxfordshire, UK 
Feb '10 - Invited seminar speaker - NTNU, Trondheim, Norway 
Presentation title: Short peptide amyloid like systems - From understanding disease to making materials.

Sep '09 - Poster presentation - SCN Annual Conference, Oxford, UK 
Aug '09 - Poster presentation - Benzon Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Jul '07 - Internal seminar - GSK Biopharm CEDD, Beckenham, UK 
Presentation title: Developing processes in real time qPCR. 

Public

Dec '11 - @Bristol Meet the Expert Public Engagement - @Bristol Centre, Bristol 
Public engagement training affiliated with Bristol University. Over two days seminars, interactive workshops and role plays culminating in a day spent working at the @Bristol centre to refine public engagement skills.

Sep '11 - Interview: The Revival of Science Popularity - BBC Sussex and Surrey Radio 
Invited interview to discuss the resurgence in the popularity of science subjects at schools in the wake of popular science personalities and large experiments such as CERN.