Dr Adam Byron CBiol, MSB, AFHEA

Lecturer in Bioscience

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Dr Adam Byron is a Lecturer in Bioscience in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Function in the School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester.

Adam studied Biochemistry at the University of Warwick and was selected to spend an Intercalated Year of his degree working at AstraZeneca. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester, where he studied cell adhesion in the laboratory of Professor Martin Humphries, and where he stayed to undertake postdoctoral work. Here, he developed methodologies for the isolation and proteomic analysis of integrin adhesion complexes, which led to the description of the first experimentally defined integrin proteomes and insight into the complexity of the molecular machinery of cell adhesion. He then moved to the research group of Professor Margaret Frame at the University of Edinburgh, where he used integrative 'omic approaches to investigate the dysregulation of cell adhesion proteins in cancer. He later took up a Research Fellow position in the Institute of Genetics and Cancer, University of Edinburgh, where his interdisciplinary research developed and implemented proteomic approaches to investigate mechanisms of cancer cell adhesion.

Adam received the 2009 Early Career Investigator Award from the British Society for Proteome Research and the 2010 Young Investigator Award from the British Society for Matrix Biology. In 2013, he was awarded Chartered Biologist status by the Royal Society of Biology and Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


Professional Experience

  • 2022–present Lecturer in Bioscience, University of Manchester
  • 2022–present Visiting Scientist, University of Edinburgh
  • 2018–2022 Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
  • 2013–2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
  • 2016–2016 Visiting Research Fellow, University of Turku
  • 2013–2014 Visiting Scientist, University of Mancheter
  • 2008–2013 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Manchester
  • 2011–2011 Career Development Award Visitor, Karolinska Institute
  • 2008–2008 Research Assistant, University of Manchester
  • 2002–2003 Bioscientist, AstraZeneca


  • PhD Biochemistry, University of Manchester (2004–2008)
  • BSc (Hons) First Class Biochemistry with Intercalated Year, University of Warwick (2000–2004)


Professional qualifications

  • CBiol Chartered Biologist, Royal Society of Biology (2013–present)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy)
  • Royal Society of Biology
  • British Society for Proteome Research
  • British Society for Matrix Biology
  • British Society for Cell Biology
  • Biochemical Society

External positions

Visiting Scientist, University of Edinburgh

1 May 202230 Apr 2023

Areas of expertise

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms


  • Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Bioinformatics, Proteomics, Cell Signalling, Extracellular Matrix, Cell Adhesion, Systems Biology

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2008 - Doctor of Philosophy, Biochemistry, The University of Manchester (2004 - 2008)
  • 2004 - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry with Intercalated Year, The University of Warwick (2000 - 2004)

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