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Dr Jim Boyne

PositionLecturer in Molecular and Cellular Biology
LocationRoom H38C, Richmond Building
DepartmentSchool of Chemistry and Bioscience
RKT CentreCentre for Skin Sciences
Telephone(01274) 236215

Research Interests (key words only)

RNA, Cancer, Viruses

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Responsible for teaching Molecular Biology and Genetics at all levels

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Bradford GMO committee

Study History

  • PhD – University of Sheffield (2002) - “Molecular mechanisms that control eukaryotic cell division”
  • BSc (Hons) in Genetics (2i) – University of Sheffield (1996)

Professional History

  • Senior Post-doctoral research assistant at Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Leeds (2004-2009).
  • Post-doctoral research assistant at Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine (2001-2004).
  • Research scientist at Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service, Sheffield Children’s Hospital (1997-1998)

Research Areas

Dr Boyne is an early career research scientist who is in the process of establishing a melanoma research group at the University of Bradford. Prior to his appointment as lecturer, Dr Boyne held post-doctoral and senior post-doctoral positions at the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine (LIMM) and University of Leeds, which resulted in a number of published articles in high impact-factor journals such as EMBOJ and PNAS (the current H-index for JR Boyne is 12). Dr Boyne has a strong background in the molecular biology of cancer in addition to RNA processing and virology. 

Research Collaborations

  • Prof. Newton-Bishop (LIMM)
  • Prof. Whitehouse (University of Leeds)
  • Prof. Reed (Harvard University)


  1. Jackson, B.R., Boyne, J.R., Noerenberg, M., Taylor, A., Hautbergue, G.M., Walsh, M.J., Wheat, R., Blackbourn, D.J., Wilson, S.A., and Whitehouse, A. (2011). An interaction between KSHV ORF57 and UIF provides mRNA-adaptor redundancy in herpesvirus intronless mRNA export. PLoS Pathog 7, e1002138.
  2. Boyne, J.R., Jackson, B.R., Taylor, A., Macnab, S.A., and Whitehouse, A. (2010a). Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus ORF57 protein interacts with PYM to enhance translation of viral intronless mRNAs. EMBO J 29, 1851-1864.
  3. Boyne, J.R., Jackson, B.R., and Whitehouse, A. (2010b). ORF57: Master regulator of KSHV mRNA biogenesis. Cell Cycle 9, 2702-2703.
  4. Boyne, J.R., and Whitehouse, A. (2009). Nucleolar disruption impairs Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus ORF57-mediated nuclear export of intronless viral mRNAs. FEBS Lett 583, 3549-3556.
  5. Colgan, K.J., Boyne, J.R., and Whitehouse, A. (2009a). Identification of a response element in a herpesvirus saimiri mRNA recognized by the ORF57 protein. J Gen Virol 90, 596-601.
  6. Colgan, K.J., Boyne, J.R., and Whitehouse, A. (2009b). Uncoupling of hTREX demonstrates that UAP56 and hTHO-complex recruitment onto herpesvirus saimiri intronless transcripts is required for replication. J Gen Virol 90, 1455-1460.
  7. Boyne, J.R., Colgan, K.J., and Whitehouse, A. (2008a). Herpesvirus saimiri ORF57: a post-transcriptional regulatory protein. Front Biosci 13, 2928-2938.
  8. Boyne, J.R., Colgan, K.J., and Whitehouse, A. (2008b). Recruitment of the complete hTREX complex is required for Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus intronless mRNA nuclear export and virus replication. PLoS Pathog 4, e1000194.
  9. Corbett, M., Xiong, Y., Boyne, J.R., Wright, D.J., Munro, E., and Price, C. (2006). IQGAP and mitotic exit network (MEN) proteins are required for cytokinesis and re-polarization of the acting cytoskeleton in the budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Eur J Cell Biol 85, 1201-1215.
  10. Boyne, J.R., and Whitehouse, A. (2006a). gamma-2 Herpes virus post-transcriptional gene regulation. Clin Microbiol Infect 12, 110-117.
  11. Boyne, J.R., and Whitehouse, A. (2006b). Nucleolar trafficking is essential for nuclear export of intronless herpesvirus mRNA. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 103, 15190-15195.

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