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Professor Rod Bilton
Rod with grandson and daughter-in-law.

Rod Bilton is Professor Emeritus in Applied Biochemistry in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. After his PhD in microbial biochemistry at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1965, he took up an NRDC sponsored post-doctoral fellowship on antibiotic production in the Chemistry Department at Manchester University between 1966 and 1967. He then moved to a Cancer Research Fellowship at Syntex Research in Palo Alto, California. He returned to a lecturing post at the newly formed Liverpool Polytechnic in 1969 and started a research group on steroid biotransformation and mutagenicity testing. A sabbatical year in 1981 sponsored by the Royal Society and the SRC enabled him to work on the latest genetic engineering techniques in the ICI Corporate Bioscience Laboratory. Back at Liverpool Polytechnic, Rod set up a free radical research laboratory to investigate the roles of free radicals and dietary antioxidants in the aetiology of colo-rectal cancer. The chairmanship of a working group on Biomarkers and Mechanisms in an EEC Antioxidant Network Fair 97-3223 provided the impetus for starting this website and working with Larry on the book ‘Know What to Eat’.

Other duties include grant assessment for the World Cancer Fund and the Wellcome Trust, reviewing for the Gut Journal, and a brief tangle with the legal profession as an Expert Witness for the defence in the Diane Modahl case. Hobbies include the testing of dietary and exercise regimes to battle against the ravages of old age.


Dr. Larry Booth graduated with a BSc Hons in Applied Biology at LJMU in 1990 and entered the NHS to qualify as an MLSO with training in microbiology and haematology in Broadgreen, the Royal Liverpool and Walton Hospitals between 1990 and 1993. He returned to Higher Education on a SERC-Case PhD Studentship to research mechanisms of bile acid mediated DNA damage in adenocarcinoma cells. His PhD supervisors were Rod Bilton and Professor Sir Ian Gilmore of the Gastroenterology Unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He then took a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University School of Medicine in the Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine. He studied the role of photosensitisers using laser light to generate localised reactive oxygen species as potential anti-cancer agents.

Family ties brought him back to the UK in 2004. He obtained his PGCE in 2005 and entered secondary teaching at St. Edwards College Liverpool in the same year. He then moved to a lecturing post at Riverside College in 2007. The lure of original research proved too strong so he returned to the USA in January 2011 to continue with his interests in free radicals and cancer, and to take up a research post in the Massey Cancer Centre, Department of Neurosurgery, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Larry is a passionate supporter of Liverpool Football Club and will be keenly following their renaissance from afar.

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Site authors: Professor Rodney Bilton, Dr Larry Booth, and Joseph Bilton M.Sc B.Sc