Julea is Professor of Biophysical Chemistry at UEA. Her research group study redox-active metalloproteins - both to elucidate their biochemistry and explore their rational use for solar chemicals production. A range of methods are employed including molecular biology, protein engineering, electrochemical and spectroscopic characterisations. In recognition of her achievements Julea received a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship in 2015 and the inaugural Young Investigator Medal from the British Biophysical Society. Previously, Julea pioneered the study of adsorbed electroactive proteins for novel perspectives of their biochemistry with Professor Fraser Armstrong, FRS (University of Oxford). This approach, adopted by groups around the world, has become known as protein-film electrochemistry (PFE). 

Julea contributes to teaching in the Schools of Chemistry and Biological Sciences through lectures, seminars and laboratory classes with a focus on topics in biochemistry, reaction kinetics, spectroscopy, electrochemistry and protein structure. She is the current Director of Resesarch in the School of Chemistry. Previous roles have included Deputy Head of the School of Chemistry (2011-2015), Associate Dean for Post-Graduate Research in the Faculty of Science (2011-2014), Director of the Biochemistry Degree Programmes (2006-2011) and a member of the team that launched the School of Pharmacy at UEA.

Find out more about Julea's research here: Research Group Website

Enquiries from potential postgraduate and post-doctoral scientists interested in our lab are always welcome ( Studentship and employment opportunities will be advertised via the usual channels and UEA website. You can also click here for current PhD opportunities in the Schools of Chemistry and Biology.


Selected Recent Publications:

The Crystal Structure of a Biological Insulated Transmembrane Molecular Wire
Edwards MJ, White GF, Butt JN, Richardson DJ and Clarke TA
Cell (2020) 181:665-673

His/Met heme ligation in the PioA outer membrane cytochrome enabling light-driven extracellular electron transfer by Rhodopseudomonas palustris TIE-1
Li D-B, Edwards MJ, Blake AW, Newton-Payne SE, Jenner LP, Sokol KP, Reisner E, van Wonderen JH, Clarke TA, Butt JN
Nanotechnology (2020) 31: 354002

Coherent electron transport across a 3 nm bioelectronic junction made of multi-heme proteins
Futera Z, Ide I, Kayser B, Garg K, Jiang X, van Wonderen JH, Butt JN, Ishii H, Pecht I, Sheves M, Cahen D, Blumberger J.
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (2020) 11:9766-9774

Which multi-heme protein complex transfers electrons more efficiently? Comparing MtrCAB from Shewanella with OmcS from Geobacter
Jiang X, van Wonderen JH, Butt JN, Edwards MJ, Clarke TA, Blumberger J.
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (2020) 11:9421-9425

Heme ligation and redox chemistry in two bacterial thiosulfate dehydrogenase (TsdA) enzymes.
Jenner LP, Kurth JM, van Helmont S, Sokol KP, Reisner E, Dahl C, Bradley JM, Butt JN and
Cheesman MR.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (2019) 294:188002-18014

Ultrafast Light-Driven Electron Transfer in a Ru(II)tris(bipyridine)-Labeled Multiheme Cytochrome.
van Wonderen JH, Hall CR, Jiang X, Adamczyk K, Carof A, Heisler I, Piper SEH, Clarke TA, Watmough NJ, Sazanovich IV, Towrie M, Meech SR, Blumberger J and Butt JN.
Journal of the American Chemical Society (2019) 141:15190-15200



  • Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow 09/2015 to 09/2016
  • Professor of Biophysical Chemistry, University of East Anglia 09/2010 - present
  • Reader, University of East Anglia 09/2004 to 08/2010
  • Lecturer, University of East Anglia 09/2001 to 08/2004
  • Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow, University of East Anglia 09/1997 to 08/2001
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Wageningen, NL 05/1995 to 07/1997
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health, USA 09/1993 to 03/1995
  • PhD, University of California Irvine, USA 1993
  • BA Natural Science - Chemistry, First Class Honours with Distinction in Quantum Mechanics, University of Oxford, 1989

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