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Guto Rhys

Dr Guto Rhys


Lecturer in Biological Chemistry

School of Chemistry

Welsh speaking
Available for postgraduate supervision


The Rhys lab is interested in designing new, and engineering existing, peptides and proteins. The latest developments in experimental methods and computational algorithms enable us to develop new peptides and proteins that do not exist in nature. We are developing a team of highly interdisciplinary scientists to tackle some of the unmet challenges that society faces. These include developing new therapeutics for diseases that are currently difficult to treat, and new enzymes to replace chemical reactions that are bad for the environment.

Our lab is always open to new collaborations. Our lab is also a supportive environment that cares about the development of its students and staff. We welcome anyone regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. We are open to anyone looking to contribute to making the lab a diverse, inclusive and friendly environment.

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CH5110 Year 1 Chemistry Foundation Practical

CH4305 Macromolecules of life



In the Rhys lab we train people to have a highly diverse skillset, which will make them highly employable when taking the next step in their career. Skills that members of the team routinely employ include:

  • Recombinant protein expression
  • Computational protein design
  • Organic synthesis
  • Biocatalysis
  • Green chemistry
  • Structural biology
  • Enzyme engineering
  • High-throughput screening using robotics
  • Programming 

Current supervision

Ben Orton

Ben Orton

Research student

Research themes


  • Protein design and engineering
  • Proteins and peptides
  • Organic chemistry
  • Bioinformatics and computational biology
  • Environmental biotechnology