Name Dr Michael Whitehead
Job Title Senior Lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Sciences
Subject(s) Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science
Tel 01902 323420

Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science

Michael graduated from Heriot-Watt University in 1985 with a first class honours degree in Microbiology and Brewing.  After working for Scottish and Newcastle Breweries he studied for a PhD at St Andrews on the Molecular Genetics of β-lactam production inCephalosporium acremonium and Penicillium chrysogenum.  He then undertook postdocs at Whitbread Breweries on the genetic manipulation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, UEA on the plant pathogen Cladosporium fulvum and at Clemson University (USA) on aflatoxin and pectinase production by Aspergillus flavus.  He then joined the University of Wolverhampton in 1994.  His current teaching interests are molecular genetics of fungi, polyphosphate metabolism and forensic taphonomics

  • Whitehead MP, Eagles L, Hooley P, Brown MR. 2014. Most bacteria synthesise polyphosphate by unknown mechanisms. Microbiology.  Mar 5. doi: 10.1099/mic.0.075366-0.
  • Michael P Whitehead, Paul Hooley and Michael R W Brown. 2013. Horizontal transfer of bacterial polyphosphate kinases to eukaryotes: implications for the ice age and land colonisation
  • BMC Research Notes 2013, 6:221  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-6-221
  • Rogers CJ1, Clark K, Hodson BJ, Whitehead MP, Sutton R, Schmerer WM. 2011. Postmortem degradation of porcine articular cartilage. J Forensic Leg Med. 2011 Feb;18(2):52-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2010.11.006. Epub 2010 Dec 31.
  • Hooley P, Whitehead MP, Brown MR. 2008. Eukaryote polyphosphate kinases: is the 'Kornberg' complex ubiquitous? Trends Biochem Sci. 2008 Dec;33(12):577-82. doi: 10.1016/j.tibs.2008.09.007.
  • Chilton, I. J., Delaney, C. E., Barham-Morris, J., Fincham, D. A., Hooley, P. & Whitehead, M.P. (2008) The Aspergillus nidulans stress response transcription factor StzA is ascomycete-specific and shows species-specific polymorphisms in the C-terminal region. Mycological Research, 112: 1435–1446.
  • Hooley, P., Chilton, I.J., Fincham, D.A., Burns, A.T.H. and Whitehead, M.P. (2007). Assigning level in data mining exercises. Bioscience Education, 9.
  • Hooley, P. and Whitehead, M.P. (2006) The genetics and molecular biology of marine fungi. The Mycologist, 20, pp.144-151.
  • Hooley, P., Burns, A.T.H. and Whitehead, M.P. (2004). Fungal gene sequences make excellent models for teaching data mining. The Mycologist, 18(3), pp.118-124.
  • Hooley, P., Fincham, D.A., Whitehead, M.P. and Clipson, N.J.W. (2003) Fungal osmotolerance. Advances in Applied Microbiology, 53, pp.177-211.
  • Ogwaro, B.A., Gibson, H., Whitehead, M.P. and Hill, D.J. (2002). Survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in traditional African yoghurt fermentation. International Journal of Food Microbiology 79, pp.105-112.
  • O'Neil, J., Bugno, M., Stanley, M.S., Barham- Morris, J.B., Woodcock, N.A., Clement, D.J., Clipson, N.J.W., Whitehead, M.P., Fincham, D.A. and Hooley, P. (2002). Cloning of a novel gene encoding a C2H2 zinc finger protein that alleviates sensitivity to abiotic stresses in Aspergillus nidulans. Mycological Research 106, pp.491–498.
  • Bolton, S., Whitehead M. P., Dudhia, J., Baldwin, T.C., Sutton R. (2015) Investigating the post mortem molecular biology of cartilage and its potential forensic applications J Forensic Sciences. DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.12764