Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Medicine

Research Associate



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Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr. Richard Kelwick is an entrepreneurially-driven research associate at Imperial College London with expertise in cancer biology, cell-free systems and biopolymer production. 

Success in international and national business competitions:

Semi-finalist OneStart [2016], LeanLaunchPad [2015], 3-Day MBA [2014], BBSRC Biotechnology YES [2010], Flux [2008], Regional Enterprise Awards [2007] and The University of Sheffield Business Creation Competition [2007]. 

Project management and leadership experience with successful outcomes:

Founding president of the UEA Enterprise and Engagement Club [2010 - 2012]. Scientific advisor of three successful iGEM teams: Imperial College London [2013] and NRP/UEA/JIC [2011; 2012].

Passion for science communication:

Interviewed on Persian TV. Organised and supported events in the Science Museum, V&A museum, and the Imperial Festival.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Webb AJ, Kelwick R, Freemont PS, 2017, Opportunities for applying whole-cell bioreporters towards parasite detection, Microbial Biotechnology, Vol:10, ISSN:1751-7915, Pages:244-249

Kelwick R, Webb AJ, MacDonald JT, et al., 2016, Development of a Bacillus subtilis cell-free transcription-translation system for prototyping regulatory elements, Metabolic Engineering, Vol:38, ISSN:1096-7176, Pages:370-381

Webb AJ, Kelwick R, Doenhoff MJ, et al., 2016, A protease-based biosensor for the detection of schistosome cercariae, Scientific Reports, Vol:6, ISSN:2045-2322

Kelwick R, Bowater L, Yeoman KH, et al., 2015, Promoting microbiology education through the iGEM synthetic biology competition., Fems Microbiol Lett, Vol:362

Kelwick R, Desanlis I, Wheeler GN, et al., 2015, The ADAMTS (A Disintegrin and Metalloproteinase with Thrombospondin motifs) family., Genome Biology, Vol:16, ISSN:1474-760X, Pages:113-113

Kelwick R, Kopniczky M, Bower I, et al., 2015, A Forward-Design Approach to Increase the Production of Poly-3-Hydroxybutyrate in Genetically Engineered Escherichia coli, PLOS One, Vol:10, ISSN:1932-6203

Kelwick R, MacDonald JT, Webb AJ, et al., 2014, Developments in the tools and methodologies of synthetic biology., Front Bioeng Biotechnol, Vol:2, ISSN:2296-4185

Kelwick R, Wagstaff L, Decock J, et al., 2015, Metalloproteinase-dependent and -independent processes contribute to inhibition of breast cancer cell migration, angiogenesis and liver metastasis by a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs-15., Int J Cancer, Vol:136, Pages:E14-E26

Wagstaff L, Kelwick R, Decock J, et al., 2011, The roles of ADAMTS metalloproteinases in tumorigenesis and metastasis, Frontiers in Bioscience-Landmark, Vol:16, ISSN:1093-9946, Pages:1861-1872

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