Professor Tracy Palmer


Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee


• Staphylococcus aureus
• Type VII secretion system
• Tat pathway
• Escherichia coli

Research website:Tracy Palmer Group

School of Life Sciences
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 5EH

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FEMS Expert: Professor Tracy Palmer

member of EAM

Professor Tracy Palmer completed her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham in 1991 before moving to the University of Dundee in 1992. Here she worked initially as a postdoctoral research assistant before undertaking a position as a university research fellow in 1993. Professor Palmer began her independent research career in 1996 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, and in 1998 she was one of the co-discoverers of the bacterial Tat system. She became an MRC Senior Non Clinical Research Fellow in 2004. Since 2007, Professor Palmer has served as a Professor of Molecular Microbiology in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, where she is currently the Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology. She serves as an active mentor within the Microbiology Division and is enthusiastically engaged in public outreach initiatives. Beyond this work, Professor Palmer is heavily involved in supporting the University of Dundee’s iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine competition) team.

Meet Professor Palmer in FEMS Microbiology Letters’ Spotlight article