Prof John BryantProf John Bryant

Emeritus Professor, Biosciences
University of Exeter

Exeter, United Kingdom


Professor John Bryant, Professor Emeritus of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Exeter.
Professor Bryant obtained a 1st class degree in Natural Sciences and then completed a PhD in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. He did post-doctoral research at the University of East Anglia and then held academic posts at the University of Nottingham and University College, Cardiff. In 1985 he was appointed to the newly established Chair in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Exeter. He was Head of Biological Sciences from 1986-1991 and Director of Research/Deputy Head of Biological Sciences from 1991-1998. Throughout his career up until 2006 he has led or co-led an active research group in biochemistry and molecular biology, mainly focussing on DNA replication.
In 1995 he introduced one of the first courses in a UK university on Bioethics for Biology students. He continues to run this course which is part of the core programme for the BSc in Biosciences. He also teaches the Bioethics component of the MSc in Bioinformatics and delivers generic training in Science-Ethics for the University of Exeter Graduate School. Since 2002, John has been co-Chair of the Centre for Bioscience (HE Academy) Special Interest Group on Teaching Ethics to Bioscience Students.
Professor Bryant was also Visiting Professor of Molecular Biology at West Virginia State University from 1999-2007, President of the Society for Experimental Biology from 2003-2005 and Chair of Christians in Science from 2001 to 2007. In 2006 he was nominated for the Bioscience Federation award for Science Communication.
His scholarly papers are mainly in the area of plant DNA replication and its regulation but he has also published papers on various topics in bioethics. His books include Molecular Aspects of Gene Expression in Plants, Programmed Cell Death in Animals and Plants (with Steve Hughes and John Garland), The Nuclear Envelope (with David Evans and Chris Hutchison), Bioethics for Scientists (with John Searle and Linda Baggott la Velle), Life in Our Hands (with John Searle), Introduction to Bioethics (with John Searle and Linda Baggott la Velle) and The Eukaryotic Cell Cycle (with Dennis Francis). Professor Bryant is also well-known as a speaker and broadcaster on science-religion issues and on bioethics. Amongst his other interests, Professor Bryant lists birdwatching, mountains, running, Bob Dylan, Celtic folk music, cricket and Crystal Palace FC.

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The Eukaryotic Cell Cycle (Edited volume)

Bios Scientific Publications, Oxford 2007
Co-authors: Eds: J.A.Bryant and D.Francis,

Design and Information in Biology (edited volume)

WIT Press 2007
Co-authors: Eds: J.A.Bryant, M.A.Atherton & M.W.Collins,

Nature and Design (Edited volume)

WIT Press 2005
Co-authors: Eds: M.W.Collins, M.A.Atherton & J.A.Bryant,

Introduction to Bioethics

John Wiley and Sons 2005
Co-authors: J.Bryant, L. Baggott la Velle & J.Searle,

Life in Our Hands

Inter-Varsity Press 2004
Co-authors: J.Bryant and J.Searle,

The Nuclear Envelope (edited volume)

Bios Scientific Publications, Oxford 2004
Co-authors: Eds: D.E.Evans, C.J.Hutchison & J.A.Bryant,

Bioethics for Scientists (edited volume)

John Wiley and Sons 2002
Co-authors: Eds: J.A.Bryant, L.M.Baggott la Velle & J.F.Searle,

Programmed Cell Death in Animals and Plants (edited volume)

Bios Scientific Publications 2000
Co-authors: Eds: J.A.Bryant, S.G.Hughes & J.M.Garland,

Plant Carbohydrate Biochemistry (edited volume)

Bios Scientific Publications 1999
Co-authors: Eds: J.A.Bryant, M.M.Burrell and N.J.Kruger,