Emeritus Professor Roy Daniel

Roy Daniel

Emeritus Professor

Qualifications: BSc [Hons] PhD Leic FRSNZ FNZIC

Research Supervised


  • Clement, David (2009). The effect of dynamics on enzyme activity.
  • Lopez, Murielle (2008). The effect of hydration on enzyme activity.
  • Lee, Charles (2007). Environmental effects on enzyme true temperature optima.
  • Peterson, Michelle (2006). Temperature effects on enzymes.


  • Oudshoorn, Matthew (2008). Tests of predictions made by the equilibrium model for the effect of temperature on enzyme activity.

Research Interests

Current research is centered on the biochemistry, microbiology, and biotechnological applications of extremely thermophilic bacteria. Within these areas, major current topics are:
1) The inter-relationship of enzyme activity, stability, and dynamics;
2) The effect of temperature on enzymes;
3) Properties and applications of stable enzymes, especially proteases.

Recent Publications

  • Lee, C. K., Monk, C. R., & Daniel, R. M. (2013). Determination of enzyme thermal parameters for rational enzyme engineering and environmental/evolutionary studies. In J. A. Gerrard (Ed.), Protein nanotechnology: Protocols, instrumentation, and applications. Second Edition (pp. 219-230). New York: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-62703-354-1_13 Open Access version:

  • Daniel, R. M., & Danson, M. J. (2013). Temperature and the catalytic activity of enzymes: A fresh understanding. FEBS Letters, 587(17), 2738-2743. doi:10.1016/j.febslet.2013.06.027 Open Access version:

  • Hobbs, J. K., Shepherd, C., Saul, D. J., Demetras, N. J., Haaning, S., Monk, C. R., . . . Arcus, V. L. (2011). Recreating the past: Reconstruction of a one-billion-year-old-enzyme. Poster session presented at the meeting of Queenstown Molecular Biology. Conference held at Queenstown, New Zealand.

  • Hobbs, J. K., Shepherd, C., Saul, D. J., Demetras, N. J., Haaning, S., Monk, C. R., . . . Arcus, V. L. (2011). On the origin and evolution of thermophily: Reconstruction of functional Precambrian Enzymes from ancestors of Bacillus. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 29(2), 825-835. doi:10.1093/molbev/msr253 Open Access version:

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]