Professor Jeff Green

School of Biosciences

Emeritus Professor of Microbiology
+44 114 222 4403

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Professor Jeff Green
School of Biosciences
Firth Court
Western Bank
S10 2TN
  • 2019 - Present: Emeritus Professor, University of Sheffield
  • 2004 - 2019: Professor of Microbiology, University of Sheffield
  • 2000 - 2004: Reader in Microbiology, University of Sheffield
  • 1995 - 2000: BBSRC Advanced Fellow, University of Sheffield
  • 1989 - 1995: BBSRC PDRA, University of Sheffield
  • 1984 - 1989: SERC PDRA, University of Warwick
  • 1980 - 1983: SERC Research Assistant, University of Hull

Honours and distinctions

  • 2015 - present: External examiner for Biotechnology and Microbiology degree programmes at the University of Manchester
  • 2014 - present: Director of the Crossing Biological Membranes BBSRC Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenenergy (
  • 2014 - present: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK Panel of Advisors
  • 2014 - present: Core member of BBSRC pool of experts (Committee B)
  • 2012 - present: Member of the Management Board of the White Rose-BBSRC DTP in Mechanistic Biology
  • 2005 - present: Member of the Editorial Board of Biotechnology Letters
  • 1995 - 2000: BBSRC Advanced Research Fellowship
Research interests

Bacteria exploit virtually every environmental niche on Earth. This success depends upon their ability to adapt to a range of stresses imposed by an ever-changing environment. Understanding how bacteria respond to environmental change by exploiting their biochemical versatility is one of the most important challenges in microbial science.

Research in my laboratory is focused on how bacteria respond to stress. We are particularly interested in how bacteria (Escherichia coli; Salmonella enterica; Microbacterium tuberculosis) sense and respond to changes in oxygen availability, and to oxidative and nitrosative stresses.

These studies have led to a particular interest in characterizing signal perception, DNA recognition, and interactions with RNA polymerase for several members of the CRP-FNR family of transcription factors. In addition, we are exploiting systems approaches to learn more about the dynamics of the transcriptome as bacteria transit from one condition to another. On-going programmes are focussed on the molecular mechanisms underpinning:

  • The systems biology of E. coli catabolism
  • The action of the direct oxygen-sensor FNR
  • Understanding microbial stress responses during industrial fermentation processes
  • The role of CRP and Wbl proteins in Mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis