Mark Lorch

Professor Mark Lorch

Professor of Public Engagement and Science Communication. Interim Head of Department for Chemistry, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Bristol)

Summary

Mark Lorch is a chemist, writer and science communicator. He started his research career working on protein folding and has since delved into many other aspects of biological chemistry ranging from how organisms' signalling molecules will be affected by ocean acidification to monitoring micro-pollutants in waterways.

Alongside his research, Mark is passionate about communicating science to as wide an audience as possible. He founded and directs the Hull Science Festival and leads on widening participation projects in the region. He still finds time to contribute to various media outlets, his prose regularly appears in the mainstream press, and he pops up regularly on broadcast media. He has also provided science consultancy services to film and game production companies.

Book

The Secret Science of Superheroes

M. Lorch, & A. Miah (Eds.), (2016). The Secret Science of Superheroes

Journal Article

Chelator free gallium-68 radiolabelling of silica coated iron oxide nanorods via surface interactions

Burke, B. P., Baghdadi, N., Kownacka, A. E., Nigam, S., Clemente, G. S., Al-Yassiry, M. M., …Archibald, S. J. (2015). Chelator free gallium-68 radiolabelling of silica coated iron oxide nanorods via surface interactions. Nanoscale, 7(36), 14889-14896. https://doi.org/10.1039/c5nr02753e

Conformational photoswitching of a synthetic peptide foldamer bound within a phospholipid bilayer

De Poli, M., Zawodny, W., Quinonero, O., Lorch, M., Webb, S. J., & Clayden, J. (2016). Conformational photoswitching of a synthetic peptide foldamer bound within a phospholipid bilayer. Science, 352(6285), 575-580. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aad8352

Ocean acidification affects marine chemical communication by changing structure and function of peptide signalling molecules

Roggatz, C. C., Lorch, M., Hardege, J. D., & Benoit, D. M. (2016). Ocean acidification affects marine chemical communication by changing structure and function of peptide signalling molecules. Global change biology, 22(12), 3914-3926. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13354

The influence of solvent representation on nuclear shielding calculations of protonation states of small biological molecules

Roggatz, C. C., Lorch, M., & Benoit, D. M. (2018). The influence of solvent representation on nuclear shielding calculations of protonation states of small biological molecules. Journal of chemical theory and computation : JCTC, 14(5), 2684-2695. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jctc.7b01020

Postgraduate supervision

Completed PhDs

Rebecca Batchelor, Drug Lipid Interactions, Studied by Solid State NMR

Rahul Saurabh, Interactions of Alzheimer's Peptides with Lipid Membranes

Yaser Alnaaam, Effect of Diet on Lipid Composition of Heart, Liver and Kidneys

Christina Roggatz, Effects of Ocean Acidification on Structure of Marine Organisms' Signalling Molecules

Current PhD supervisions

Samantha Richardson, Using Paper Microfluidics to Sample Pollutants in Water Ways

Awards and prizes

Daniell Lecture 2017

2017

Daniell Lectures are delivered by internationally renowned scientists and cover a topic of current interest and excitement. Speakers are chosen not only for their outstanding contribution to modern scientific knowledge, but also for their ability to communicate the essence of their research to a young audience. Professor Mark Lorch, from the University of Hull, whose talk was: Building nature's nano-machines.

Institute of Physics- Book of the year shortlist

2017

"The Secret Science of Superheroes' Shortlisted for IOP book of the year 2017.

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2007

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

2008

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