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School of Environment and Life Sciences

Professor Roger Bisby

Emeritus Professor


I have worked at Salford in the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biological Sciences, teaching biochemistry for over 30 years. My research interests in fast reactions and biochemical spectroscopy have lead to significant collaborations with scientists at Paterson Laboratories, Manchester, the Daresbury Laboratory and Rutherford Appleton Laboratories.

For some years leading up to RAE2008 I was Research Institute director in biomedical sciences. I retired in December 2013, but have maintained an interest in mutiphoton spectroscopy and photodynamic therapy.



Qualifications and Memberships

BSc (1st Class), Chemistry, University of Nottingham, 1969

PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of Nottingham, 1973

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry



Publications since 2007:

K.M.Scherer, R.H.Bisby, S.W.Botchway and A.W.Parker (2017) New approaches to photodynamic therapy from Type I, II and III to Type IV using one or more photons. Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, 17(2),171-189. doi: 10.2174/1871520616666160513131723

A.J.Fielding, V.Lukovic, P.G.Evans, S.Alizadeh-Shekalgorabi, R.H.Bisby, M.G.B.Drew, A. Del Casino, J.X.Dunn, L.E.Randle, N.M.Dempster, L.Nahar, S.D.Sarker, M.J.Dascombe and F.M.D.Ismail (2017) Modulation of antimalarial activity at a putative bisquinoline receptor in vivo using fluorinated bisquinolines. Chemistry - A European Journal, In press, doi: 10.1002/chem.201605099

K.M. Scherer, R.H.Bisby, S.W.Botchway, J.A.Hadfield and A.W.Parker (2015) An anticancer phototherapy using activation of E-combretastatins by two-photon induced isomerization. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 20(5), 051004. doi:10.1117/1.JBO.20.5.051004.

S.W.Botchway, K.M.Scherer, S.Hook, C.D.Stubbs, E.Weston, R.H.Bisby and A.W.Parker (2015) A series of flexible design adaptations to the Nikon E-C1 and E-C2 confocal microscope systems for UV, multiphoton and FLIM imaging. Journal of Microscopy, 258(1), 68-78. doi: 10.1111/jmi.12218

K.M.Scherer, R.H.Bisby, S.W.Botchway, J.A.Hadfield, J.W.Haycock and A.W.Parker (2015) Three-dimensional imaging and uptake of the anticancer drug combretastatin in cell spheroids and photoisomerization in gels with multiphoton excitation. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 20(7), 078003. doi:10.1117/1.JBO.20.7.078003.

O.A.Okoh, R.H.Bisby, C.L.Lawrence, C.E.Rolph and R.B.Smith (2014) Promising near-infrared non-targeted probes - benzothiazole heptamethine cyanine dyes. Journal of Sulfur Chemistry, 35, 42-56. doi: 10.1080/17415993.2013.778258

K.M.Scherer, R.H.Bisby, S.W.Botchway, G.M.Greetham, J.A.Hadfield, A.W.Parker and M.Towrie (2014) Spectroscopy and fluorescence lifetime imaging in live cells of a cyano-substituted combretastatin. Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging, 3, 211-218. doi: 10.3233/BSI-140067

A.W.Parker, R.H.Bisby, G.M.Greetham, P.Kukura, K.M.Scherer and M.Towrie (2014) Ultrafast vibrational spectroscopic studies on the photoionization of the α-tocopherol analogue Trolox C. Journal of Physical Chemistry B,  118, 12087-12097.  doi: 10.1021/jp505113k

R.H.Bisby, S.W.Botchway, J.A.Hadfield, A.T.McGown, A.W.Parker and K.M. Scherer (2012) Fluorescence lifetime imaging of E-combretastatin uptake and distribution in live mammalian cells. European Journal of Cancer, 48, 1896-1903; DOI:10.1016/j.ejca.2011.11.025

R.H.Bisby, S.W.Botchway, A.G.Crisostomo, A.W.Parker and K.M.Scherer (2012) Fluorescence lifetime imaging of propranolol uptake in living glial cells. Spectroscopy 27,533-540. DOI: 10.1155/2012/518353

R.H.Bisby, S.W.Botchway, G.M.Greetham, J.A.Hadfield, A.T.McGown, A.W.Parker, K.M.Scherer and M.Towrie (2012) Time-resolved nanosecond fluorescence lifetime imaging and picosecond infrared spectroscopy of combretastatin A-4 in solution and in cellular systems. Measurement Science and Technology, 23, 084001 (10pp). doi:10.1088/09570233/23/8/084001

R.H.Bisby, S.W.Botchway, A.G.Crisostomo, J.Karolin, A.W.Parker  and L.Schröder (2010) Interactions of the beta-blocker drug, propranolol, with detergents,beta-cyclodextrin and living cells studied using fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging. Spectroscopy - Biomedical Applications 24, 137-142.

F.M.D.Ismail, M.G.B.Drew, S.Navaratnam and R.H.Bisby (2009) A pulse radiolysis study of free radicals formed by one electron oxidation of the antimalarial drug pyronaridine. Research on Chemical Intermediates 35, 363-377. DOI: 10.1007/s11164-009-0051-7.

R.H.Bisby, A.G.Crisostomo, S.W.Botchway and A.W.Parker (2009) Nanoscale Hydroxyl Radical Generation from Multiphoton Ionization of Tryptophan. Photochemistry and Photobiology 85, 353-357. DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-1097.2008.00447.x

S.Kristensen, R.Edge, H.H.Tønnesen, R.H.Bisby and S.Navaratnam (2009) Photoreactivity of biologically active compounds. XIX: Formation and reactivity of excited states and free radicals from primaquine. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology 94, 147-157. doi:10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2008.11.006

R.H.Bisby, R.Brooke and S.Navaratnam (2008) Effect of antioxidant potential in the oxygen radical absorption capacity (ORAC) assay. Food Chemistry 108, 1002-1007.  DOI:-  10.1016/j.foodchem.2007.12.012

S.W.Botchway,  A.W.Parker, R.H.Bisby and A.G.Crisostomo (2008) Real-time cellular uptake of serotonin using fluorescence lifetime imaging with two-photon excitation. Microscopy Research and Technique 71, 267–273. DOI: 10.1002/jemt.20548

S.W.Botchway, A.G.Crisostomo, A.W.Parker and R.H.Bisby (2007) Near Infrared Multiphoton-induced generation and detection of hydroxyl radicals in a biochemical system. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 464, 314-321. doi:10.1016/

A.G.Crisostomo, R.B.Moreno, S.Navaratnam, J.A.Wilkinson and R.H.Bisby (2007) Generation of reactive oxygen species from a-tocopherolquinone and analogues. Free Radical Research 41, 730-737. doi:10.1080/10715760701324075