National Physical Laboratory

Max Ryadnov

Research interests

Max Ryadnov
  • Biomolecular chemistry, design, metrology and physics
  • Molecular and systems biophysics, live-cell imaging and molecular microscopy
  • Antimicrobial discovery, regenerative and synthetic biology


Max Ryadnov leads the Biometrology Research area at NPL. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry from Moscow State University in 2000, then moved to the UK for a postdoctoral and, later, research officer positions at the University of Sussex. Afterwards, he pursued independent academic careers at the Universities of Bristol (URF) and Leicester (Lecturer) before joining the NPL as a Principal Research scientist in 2010.

Over the last 10 years, his contributions to physical and life sciences have been recognised by a Nesta Crucible Innovation Award (2008), a SUPA lectureship in Chemical Physics with the University of Edinburgh (2011–2015) and a fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2013) and a fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology (2017). Max has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications (incl. primary research reports in high-impact Angew Chem Int Ed, Chem Sci, JACS, Nature Mater, PNAS), numerous book chapters, two books (Bionanodesign, 2009, with its second edition out in 2018), several international patents, and is a co-editor of two RSC book series – Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins and Synthetic Biology.

His work continues promoting science beyond the bench, with an extensive coverage received in industry-oriented magazines (e.g. Drug Discov. World, Eur Biopharm Rev) and the mainstream media (example) in the UK and abroad.

Max is the chair of VAMAS for synthetic biomaterials, which provides leadership in international standardization activities to support the uptake of life sciences innovations into industry. His current research is funded by the National Measurement System, Innovate UK, EURAMET, RCUK, STFC and aims at providing translational metrology in the areas of antimicrobial discovery, regenerative medicine and synthetic biology.

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Last Updated: 17 Oct 2017
Created: 2 Jun 2011


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