Professor Robert Gilbert

miRNA maturation is switched by 3' uridylylation of pre-miRNA forms. We are studying this process using the yeast enzyme Cid1 and its close human homologues ZCCHC6 and ZCCHC11. The left hand region of
Pores formed by membrane attack complex-perforin/cholesterol-dependent cytolysin proteins (MACPF/CDCs). These proteins are found in all different forms of cellular life and play key roles in infection

Our work is focused on molecular mechanisms underlying pathology in humans, specifically cancer and membrane pore formation and cell adhesion. We are studying mechanisms of 3' uridylation of RNAs with clear effects in tumourigenesis and are engaged in related translational research in collaboration with a commercial partner. We are also working on mechanisms of pore formation relevant to inflammation and cytotoxic T cell activity, and to infection processes in diseases such as malaria and toxoplasmosis. Our work on membrane biology in disease includes a focus on the kindlin proteins which are involved both in cell adhesion activation and also function nuclearly in suppression of tumour-suppressor miRNAs.

Data sharing statement: we deposit our results in relevant online databases where available (e.g. for release on publication. Other outputs will be distributed on request.

Currently our work is being funded by the Medical Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the Calleva Centre for Evolution and Human Sciences and STORM Therapeutics Ltd.

Professor Robert Gilbert Professor Robert Gilbert


  • Professor of Biophysics
  • Director, Medical Sciences Division Graduate School
  • Director of Graduate Studies, NDM
  • Managing Editor, European Biophysics Journal

Group Information

  • Cell signalling, adhesion and pore formation in human disease

Current Group

  • Tao Ni Tao
  • Xiulian Yu Xiulian
  • Sophie Williams Sophie
  • Gangshun Yi Gangshun
  • Monica Mantri Monica
  • Susan Black Susan