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Research Interests

Our research is focussed on a group of enzymes called transglutaminases. Transglutaminases are found in many different organisms including microbes, plants and mammals. These enzymes are responsible for a variety of post-translational modifications of proteins, in particular cross-linking of proteins into large molecular weight polymers that are more resistant to degradation. In higher organisms such as mammals, this process is important for the stability of skin, hair, blood clots and the extracellular matrix surrounding cells. In spore-forming bacteria, they cross-link spore coat proteins to enhance spore stability to environmental factors such as heat and chemicals, including antibiotics.

We are interested in elucidating the contribution that transglutaminases have to the stability of structures such as spores and/or the cell wall in clinically-relevant bacteria eg Clostridium difficile and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, respectively. This knowledge is important for understanding survival and defence mechanisms and may lead to identification of novel antimicrobial targets.


2009- Lecturer in Molecular Biology

2004-2009- Research Fellow, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University

1999-2004- Research Fellow, School of Biomedical and Natural Sciences, Nottingham Trent University

1996-1999- Higher Scientific Officer, Microbiology department, Veterinary Laboratories Agency (Weybridge)

1992-1995- PhD Molecular biology, Department of Biochemistry, University of Nottingham

1989-1992- BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and biological chemistry, Department of Biochemistry, University of Nottingham

Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0)121 2044035
Email: r.collighan@aston.ac.uk

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Nottingham

BSc, University of Nottingham

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Research Output 1995 2017

Porphyromonas gingivalis gingipains cause defective macrophage migration towards apoptotic cells and inhibit phagocytosis of primary apoptotic neutrophils: gingipains, apoptotic cell removal & inflammation

Castro, S. A., Collighan, R., Lambert, P. A., Dias, H. H. K., Chauhan, P., Bland, C. E., Milic, I., Millward, M. R., Cooper, P. R. & Devitt, A., 2 Mar 2017, In : Cell Death and Disease. 8, 3, 8 p., e2644.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Porphyromonas gingivalis

Isopeptidase activity of human transglutaminase 2: disconnection from transamidation and characterization by kinetic parameters

Kiraly, R., Thangaraju, K., Nagy, Z., Collighan, R., Nemes, Z., Griffin, M. & Fésüs, L., Jan 2016, In : Amino Acids. 48, 1, p. 31-40 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Kinetic parameters
Human Activities
Physiological Phenomena

Cross-linking of collagen I by tissue transglutaminase provides a promising biomaterial for promoting bone healing

Fortunati, D., Chau, D. Y. S., Wang, Z., Collighan, R. J. & Griffin, M., 31 Jul 2014, In : Amino Acids. 46, 7, p. 1751-1761 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biocompatible Materials
Bone and Bones
Factor XIIIa
Blood Coagulation Factors
Indwelling Catheters
Central Venous Catheters
Equipment and Supplies
Factor XIIIa


Assessing the physiological and pathological functions of tissue Transglutaminase using FRET analysis

Author: Sharma, S., 12 Feb 2016

Supervisor: Collighan, R. J. (Supervisor) & Griffin, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Evaluating transglutaminase crosslinked collagen gel systems for hard and soft tissue repair

Author: Yeh, N., 26 Sep 2013

Supervisor: Collighan, R. J. (Supervisor) & Griffin, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Novel collagen- based biomaterials for bone regeneration

Author: Choudhery, H., 21 Mar 2019

Supervisor: Collighan, R. J. (Supervisor) & Martin, R. A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Tissue Transglutaminase (TG2) is a potential therapeutic target in the treatment of chemoresistant breast cancer

Author: Rajasekaran, V., 11 Mar 2014

Supervisor: Griffin, M. (Supervisor), Wang, Z. (Supervisor) & Collighan, R. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Understanding the link between transglutaminase and the induction of fibrosis in cystic fibrosis (CF)

Author: Nyabam, S., 13 Feb 2015

Supervisor: Marshall, L. J. (Supervisor), Griffin, M. (Supervisor) & Collighan, R. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Activities 2010 2010

  • 1 Participation in conference

Gordon Research Conferences "Transglutaminases in Human Disease Processes"

Russell Collighan (Participant)
18 Jul 201023 Jul 2010

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference