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Dr Robert Mellor

Associate Professor

About

I hold separate earned doctorates in various academic disciplines including computing and biology and furthermore am author of ~80 scientific publications in reputable journals, including e.g. "Nature", plus I have written ten textbooks of which four are on programming and four on innovation and entrepreneurship. I am happy to say that 3 of my books have appeared in foreign translations. My impact factor (h-Index) is between 23 (Google) and 31 (ResearchGate). 

I have been recipient, investigator and co-investigator of research grants from the European Union, EMBO, British Council, Swiss National Science Foundation, the German National Science Foundation, the German Ministry of Research and Technology, the Danish National Science Council and several other bodies. My solo applications amount to ~2 million Euro. 

I have successfully supervised 22 research students, and presently supervise another 3 PhDs. I have won a number of international prizes for my works, I am an active consultant with over twelve years industrial experience and I have been expert adviser to several national governments at ministerial level, and to the European Union, since 1994. 

I am top-level DBS certified and spend some of my free time in schools as a STEM-Net Ambassador (www.stemnet.org.uk)

I welcome inquires from potential PhD students interested in the areas of knowledge management and the computer modelling of business processes. 

Areas of specialism

  • Knowledge Management
  • Information Systems
  • IT Consultancy
  • Computer Modelling
  • Big Data
  • Business Processes

Courses taught

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Qualifications

  • BSc
  • PhD
  • DSc

Research

Life would be much easier if organisations had a 3D map of the business landscape showing owners and entrepreneurs where best to go, how much they could benefit when they get there, as well as how much it would cost them along the way. Just as astronomers find out about our Universe by looking at lots of stars, and in different wavelengths, we are looking at lots of organisations and using metrics that are different to the ones that are normally visible. To do this we need to have a lot of information, this is called a "Big Data" approach. Unfortunately the metrics that are available in the UK, like company annual returns, don't tell us a lot. Indeed our previous research indicates that some important factors can be quite basic e.g. the number of employees each year within an organisation, and these figures are simply not collected centrally in the UK. Thus we have teamed up with international partners to obtain Big Data. Feeding this information into the computer model that we have developed in the UK, we can produce not only a user friendly and very practical 3D map of the "Business Universe", but also academically to reveal hidden insights into how humans cluster in organisations and indeed how clusters cluster. This approach is very relevant not only to consultants, owners, entrepreneurs and academics, but also to everyone who has a job. 

Our present research involves; (1) How do economic laws determine the shape of organisations (2) When organisations cluster in e.g. tech hubs or science parks, what is the best way of them to organise their structure and (3) create a computer model for business clusters feasibility, what metric(s) can be used to stipulate the distance between clusters and how do age, size and stage in the maturity cycle affect this distance?

Publications

Number of items: 79.

Article

Mellor, Robert B. (2016) Computer modelling the costs of management control in the development of knowledge-based SMEs. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 7(4), pp. 378-388. ISSN (print) 2040-4468

Mellor, Robert B. (2015) Modelling the value of external networks for knowledge realisation, innovation, organisational development and efficiency in SMEs. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 6(1), pp. 3-14. ISSN (print) 2040-4468

Mellor, R. B. (2014) Knowledge valley theory. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 5(1), pp. 5-16. ISSN (print) 2040-4468

Mellor, Robert (2014) The use of knowledge assets: Modelling the potential effect of adding innovators to low-innovation and high-innovation SMEs. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 5(4), pp. 367-380. ISSN (print) 2040-4468

Mellor, Robert B. (2011) The use of statistics in determining socio-legal policies in a UK government agency. Kingston University Research and Innovation Reports, 7, pp. 1-4. ISSN (print) 1749-5652

McLean, James E. and Mellor, Robert B. (2006) White Paper: The identification of XML-related skills gaps in the aerospace & defence industry in the West Focus region. Kingston University Research & Innovation Reports,

Mellor, Robert B. (2005) Receiving spam depends on the occurrence of the e-mail address in Hyper Text and on the nature of the link to the file containing the e-mail address. Kingston University Research and Innovation Reports, 1, pp. 31-39.

Mellor, Robert B. (2005) The correlation between visits and product sales on three business-to-customer internet web sites. Kingston University Research & Innovation Reports, 1, pp. 17-30. ISSN (print) 1749-5652

Farias-Rodrigues, Rodolfo, Mellor, Robert B., Arias, Carlos and Pena-Cabriales, Juan José (1998) The accumulation of trehalose in nodules of several cultivars of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) and its correlation with resistance to drought stress. Physiologia plantarum, 102(3), pp. 353-359. ISSN (print) 0031-9317

Nørskov, A. M. and Mellor, R. B. (1996) Short Communication: Electron transferring dyes in the nitrate reductase reaction : non-toxic alternatives to methyl viologen. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 12(3), pp. 293-294. ISSN (print) 0959-3993

Mellor, Robert B. and Collinge, David B. (1995) A simple model based on known plant defence reactions is sufficient to explain most aspects of nodulation. Journal of experimental botany, 46(1), pp. 1-18. ISSN (print) 0022-0957

Staehelin, C, Granado, J, Müller, J, Wiemken, A, Mellor, R.B., Felix, G., Regenass, M., Broughton, W. J. and Boller, T (1994) Perception of Rhizobium nodulation factors by tomato cells and inactivation by root chitinases. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of United States of America, 91(6), pp. 2196-2200. ISSN (print) 1091-6490

Staehelin, Christian, Schultze, Michael, Kondorosi, Eve, Mellor, Robert B., Boiler, Thomas and Kondorosi, Adam (1994) Structural modifications in Rhizobium meliloti Nod factors influence their stability against hydrolysis by root chitinases. The Plant journal, 5(3), 319 - 330. ISSN (print) 0960-7412

Müller, Joachim, Xie, Zhi-Ping, Staehelin, Christian, Mellor, Robert B., Boller, Thomas and Wiemken, Andres (1994) Trehalose and trehalase in root nodules from various legumes. Physiologia Plantarum, 90(1), pp. 86-92. ISSN (print) 0031-9317

Mellor, R.B. and Rosendahl, L. (1994) A soybean peribacteroid space component, riboflavin, represses daidzein-induced common nod-gene expression in Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Journal of Plant Physiology, 144(1), pp. 34-37. ISSN (print) 0176-1617

Meyer, A.D. and Mellor, R.B (1993) NOD-active compounds in Soya nodules. Journal of Plant Physiology, 142(1), pp. 57-60. ISSN (print) 0176-1617

Staehelin, Christian, Muller, Joachim, Mellor, Robert B., Wiemken, Andres and Boller, Thomas (1992) Chitinase and peroxidase in effective (fix+) and ineffective (fix-) soybean nodules. Planta: an international journal of plant biology, 187(3), pp. 295-300. ISSN (print) 0032-0935

Mellor, R. B. (1992) Is trehalose a symbiotic determinant in symbioses between higher plants and microorganisms? Symbiosis, 12(2), pp. 113-129. ISSN (print) 0334-5114

Mellor, Robert B., Ronnenberg, Jörg, Campbell, Wilbur H. and Diekmann, Stephen (1992) Letter: Reduction of nitrate and nitrite in water by immobilized enzymes. Nature, 355(6362), pp. 717-719. ISSN (print) 0028-0836

Müller, J., Staehelin, C., Mellor, R. B., Boller, T. and Wiemken, A. (1992) Partial purification and characterization of trehalase from soybean nodules. Journal of Plant Physiology, 140(1), pp. 8-13. ISSN (print) 0176-1617

Wyss, P., Mellor, R.B. and Wiemken, A. (1990) Mutants of soybean (Glycine max) unable to suppress nodulation in the presence of nitrate retain the ability to suppress mycorrhization in the presence of phosphate. Journal of Plant Physiology, 136(4), pp. 507-509. ISSN (print) 0176-1617

Wyss, Peter, Mellor, Robert B. and Wiemken, Andres (1990) Vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizas of wild-type soybean and non-nodulating mutants with Glomus mosseae contain symbiosis-specific polypeptides (mycorrhizins), immunologically cross-reactive with nodulins. Planta: an international journal of plant biology, 182(1), pp. 22-26. ISSN (print) 0032-0935

Mellor, Robert B. (1989) Bacteroids in the Rhizobium-Legume Symbiosis Inhabit a Plant Internal Lytic Compartment: Implications for other Microbial Endosymbioses. Journal of Experimental Botany, 40(8), pp. 831-839. ISSN (print) 0022-0957

Mellor, Robert B., Garbers, Christine and Werner, Dietrich (1989) Peribacteroid membrane nodulin gene induction by Bradyrhizobium japonicum mutants. Plant Molecular Biology, 12(3), pp. 307-315. ISSN (print) 0167-4412

Mellor, R.B. (1988) Distribution of trehalase in soybean root nodule cells: implications for trehalose metabolism. Journal of plant physiology, 133(2), pp. 173-177. ISSN (print) 0176-1617

Werner, Dietrich, Mörschel, Erhard, Garbers, Christine, Bassarab, Stefan and Mellor, Robert B. (1988) Particle density and protein composition of the peribacteroid membrane from soybean root nodules is affected by mutation in the microsymbiont Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Planta: an international journal of plant biology, 174(2), pp. 263-270. ISSN (print) 0032-0935

Garbers, C., Meckbach, R., Mellor, R.B. and Werner, D. (1988) Protease (thermolysin) inhibition activity in the peribacteroid space of Glycine max root nodules. Journal of plant physiology, 132(4), pp. 442-445. ISSN (print) 0176-1617

Kinnback, Andrea, Mellor, Robert B. and Werner, Dietrich (1987) Alpha-mannosidase II isoenzyme in the peribacteroid space of Glycine max root nodules. Journal of Experimental Botany, 38(193), pp. 1373-1377. ISSN (print) 0022-0957

Mellor, R. B. and Werner, D. (1987) Peribacteroid membrane biogenesis in mature legume root nodules. Symbiosis, 3(1), pp. 75-100. ISSN (print) 0334-5114

Mellor, R.B., Thierfelder, H., Pausch, G. and Werner, D. (1987) The occurrence of choline kinase II in the cytoplasm of soybean root nodules infected with various strains of Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Journal of plant physiology, 128(1-2), pp. 169-172. ISSN (print) 0176-1617

Mellor, Robert B., Christensen, Tove M. I. E. and Werner, Dietrich (1986) Choline kinase II is present only in nodules that synthesize stable peribacteroid membranes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of United States of America, 83(3), pp. 659-663. ISSN (print) 1091-6490

Bassarab, Stefan, Mellor, Robert B. and Werner, Dietrich (1986) Evidence for two types of Mg++ ATPase in the peribacteroid membrane from Glycine max root nodules. Endocytobiosis and Cell Research, 3(2), pp. 189-196. ISSN (print) 0256-1514

Mellor, Robert B. and Werner, Dietrich (1986) The fractionation of glycine-max root nodule cells - a methodological overview. Endocytobiosis and Cell Research, 3(3), 317 - 336. ISSN (print) 0256-1514

Ostrowski, Elike D., Mellor, Robert B. and Werner, Dietrich (1986) The use of colloid gold labelling in the detection of plasma membrane from symbiotic and non-symbiotic Glycine max root cells. Physiologia plantarum, 66(2), pp. 270-276. ISSN (print) 0031-9317

Werner, Dietrich, Mellor, Robert B., Hahn, Michael G. and Grisebach, Hans (1985) Glyceollin I accumulation in an ineffective type of soybean nodules with an early loss of the peribacteroid membrane. Zeitschrift fuer Naturforschung. Section C: Biosciences, 40, pp. 179-181. ISSN (print) 0341-0382

Mellor, R.B., Christensen, T.M.I.E., Bassarab, S. and Werner, D. (1985) Phospholipid transfer from the ER to the peribacteroid membrane in soybean nodules. Zeitschrift fuer Naturforschung. Section C: Biosciences, 40, pp. 73-79. ISSN (print) 0341-0382

Mellor, Robert B., Mörschel, Erhard and Werner, Dietrich (1984) Legume root response to symbiotic infection: enzymes of the peribacteroid space. Zeitschrift fuer Naturforschung. Section C: Biosciences, 39, pp. 123-125. ISSN (print) 0341-0382

Werner, Dietrich, Mörschel, Erhard, Kort, Renate, Mellor, Robert B. and Bassarab, Stephan (1984) Lysis of bacterioids in the vicinity of the host cell nucleus in an ineffective (fix-) root nodule of soybean (Glycine max). Planta: an international journal of plant biology, 162(1), pp. 8-16. ISSN (print) 0032-0935

Mellor, R. B., Dittrich, W. and Werner, D. (1984) Soybean root response to infection by Rhizobium japonicum: mannoconjugate turnover in effective and ineffective nodules. Physiological plant pathology, 24(1), pp. 61-70. ISSN (print) 0048-4059

Bassarab, S., Dittrich, W., Mellor, R. B. and Werner, D. (1984) Soybean root response to infection by Rhizobium japonicum: saccharidases in root and nodule tissue. Physiological plant pathology, 24(1), pp. 9-16. ISSN (print) 0048-4059

Mellor, Robert B., Bassarab, Stefan, Dittrich, Walburga and Werner, Dietrich (1983) EPS and LPS from Nod+ Nif+ and Nod+ Fix- Rhizobium japonicum and bacteroids. FEMS microbiology letters, 19(2-3), pp. 239-242. ISSN (print) 0378-1097

Mellor, Robert B., Krusius, Tom and Lord, J. Michael (1980) Analysis of glycoconjugate saccharides in organelles isolated from castor bean endosperm. Plant physiology, 65, pp. 1073-1075. ISSN (print) 0032-0889

Roberts, Lynne M., Mellor, R. B. and Lord, J.M. (1980) Glycoprotein fucosyl transferase in the endoplasmic reticulum of castor bean endosperm cells. FEBS Letters, 113(1), pp. 90-94. ISSN (print) 0014-5793

Mellor, R. B., Roberts, Lynne M. and Lord, J.M. (1980) N-Acetylglucosamine Transfer Reactions and Glycoprotein Biosynthesis in Castor Bean Endosperm. Journal of Experimental Botany, 31(4), pp. 993-1003. ISSN (print) 0022-0957

Mellor, R. B. and Lord, J.M. (1979) Formation of lipid-linked mono- and oligosaccharides from GDP-mannose by castor bean endosperm homogenates. Planta: an international journal of plant biology, 146(1), pp. 91-99. ISSN (print) 0032-0935

Mellor, Robert B., Roberts, Lynne M. and Lord, J. Michael (1979) Glycosylation of Exogenous Protein by Endoplasmic-Reticulum Membranes from Castor-Bean (Ricinus communis) Endosperm. Biochemical Journal, 182(2), pp. 629-631. ISSN (print) 0264-6021

Mellor, R. B. and Lord, J.M. (1979) Involvement of a lipid-linked intermediate in the transfer of galactose from UDP (14C) galactose to exogenous protein in castor bean endosperm homogenates. Planta: an international journal of plant biology, 147(1), pp. 89-96. ISSN (print) 0032-0935

Mellor, R. B. and Lord, J.M. (1979) Subcellular localization of mannosyl transferase and glycoprotein biosynthesis in castor bean endosperm. Planta: an international journal of plant biology, 146(2), pp. 147-153. ISSN (print) 0032-0935

Mellor, R. B., Bowden, Linda and Lord, J.M. (1978) Glycoproteins of the glyoxysomal matrix. FEBS Letters, 90(2), pp. 275-278. ISSN (print) 0014-5793

Mellor, R. B. and Lord, J.M. (1978) Incorporation of D (14C) galactose into organelle glycoprotein in castor bean endosperm. Planta: an international journal of plant biology, 141(3), pp. 329-332. ISSN (print) 0032-0935

Book

Mellor, Robert B. (2011) Knowledge management and information systems: Strategy for growing organizations. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 9780230280434

Mellor, Robert B. (2008) Entrepreneurship for everyone: a student textbook. London : Sage. 242p. ISBN 9781412947763

Mellor, R. B. (2005) Achieving enterprise: teaching entrepreneurship and innovation in business and academia. Lohmar, Germany : Eul. Verlag. 145p. (FGF Entreprenuership-Research Monographien, no. 49) ISBN 3899363388

Mellor, R. B. (2005) Sources and spread of innovation in small e-commerce companies. Denmark : Forlaget Globe. 160p. ISBN 8779002773

Mellor, R. B. (2004) Applied e-learning. Denmark : Forlaget Globe. 104p. ISBN 8779002242

Mellor, Robert B. (2003) DHTML, Learning by Example. Wilsonville, U.S.A : Franklin, Beedle and Associates. 166p. ISBN 188790283X

Mellor, R. B. (2003) Innovation management. Denmark : Forlaget Globe. 94p. ISBN 8779001963

Mellor, Robert B. (2003) The Web managers handbook. Naerum : Globe. ISBN 9788779001909

Mellor, Robert B. (2003) XML Learning by Example. Tandem Library. ISBN 9780613923972

Mellor, Robert B. (2001) ASP, Learning by Example. Wilsonville, U.S.A. : Franklin, Beedle and Associates. 119p. ISBN 9781887902687

Allaria, P. P., Norskov, A. M., Collinge, D. B., Mellor, R.B. and Schubert, A. (1997) The growth and utilization of various 'Sesbania' spp., fast-growing legume trees, in northern Italy and Denmark. Copenhagen, Denamark : DSR.

Book Section

Mellor, R.B. and Werner, D. (1989) Legume nodule biochemistry and function. In: Gresshoff, Peter M., (ed.) Molecular Biology of Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation. Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.A. : CRC Press. pp. 111-129. ISBN 9780849361883

Conference or Workshop Item

Mellor, Robert B. (2016) Big data modelling of the knowledge economy. In: International Conference Theory and Application in the Knowledge Economy (TAKE 2016); 06 - 08 Jul 2016, Aveiro, Portugal.

Mellor, Robert B. (2015) Computer-Modelling the Innovation-Based Theory of the Firm. In: 16th European Conference on Knowledge Management ECKM 2015; 3 - 4 Sep 2015, Udine, Italy.

Mellor, Robert (2011) Knowledge valley theory as applied to SMEs in the service industries. In: International conference on Managing Services in the Knowledge Economy; 13-15 July 2011, Famalicão, Portugal.

Schultze, M., Kondorosi, E., Kondorosi, A., Staehelin, C., Mellor, R.B. and Boller, T. (1992) The sulphate group on the reducing end protects nod-signals of R. meliloti against hydrolysis by Medicago chitinases. In: 9th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation; 6 Dec - 12 Dec 1992, Cancún, Mexico. ISBN 9780792322078

Werner, D., Alhorn, B., Bassarab, S., Kape, R., Kinnback, A., Mellor, R.B., Mörschel, E., Müller, P., Parniske, M., Schmidt, P. and Schultes, A. (1990) Nodule development and nitrogen fixation in the Rhizobium Bradyrhizobium system. In: Conference on Nitrogen metabolism of Plants; 3 Apr - 5 Apr 1990, Giessen, Germany.

Werner, D., Bassarab, S., Humbeck, C., Kape, R., Kinnback, A., Mellor, R.B., Mörschel, E., Parniske, M., Pausch, G., Röhm, M.., Schenk, S. and Thierfelder, H. (1988) Nodule proteins and compartments. In: 7th International Congress on N Nitrogen Fixation; 13 - 20 March 1988, Cologne, Germany. ISBN 9783437305870

Mellor, R.B. and Werner, D. (1987) Pea and peanut lectins as markers in subcellular fractionation: Differentiation between endoplasmic reticulum and golgi membranes. In: Ninth Lectin Meeting; July 1987, Cambridge, U.K.. ISBN 9780941633185

Wolff, A., Mörschel, E., Zimmermann, C., Parniske, M., Bassarab, S., Mellor, R.B. and Werner, D. (1987) Peribacteroid membrane stability and phytoalexin production in legume nodules. In: International Conference on the Physiological Limitations and the Genetic Improvement of Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation; 1-3 Sept 1987, Cork, Ireland. ISBN 9789024736928

Werner, Dietrich, Mellor, Robert B., Bassarab, Stefan and Dittrich, W. (1985) Glycine max root response to symbiotic infection. In: Second International Colloquium on Endocytobiology; 10 - 15 Apr 1983, Tübingen, Germany. ISBN 9783110086607

Bassarab, S., Mellor, R.B. and Werner, D. (1985) Initial studies on a novel lectin affinity method for the purification of plasma membrane from soybeans. In: Seventh International Lectin Meeting; 18-23 Aug 1985, Bruxelles, Belgium. ISBN 9780899251028

Mellor, Robert B. and Werner, Dietrich (1984) Glycoconjugate interactions in soybean root nodules. In: Sixth International Lectin Meeting; 2-6 Sept 1984, Poznan, Poland. ISBN 9780899250816

Mellor, R.B., Rowell, P. and Stewart, W.D.P. (1981) The non-random distribution of the lectin in the Azolla caroliniana-Anabaena azoilae symbiosis. In: Fourth Lectin Meeting; June 1981, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Patent

Mellor, Robert B. and Collinge, David (1995) Mellor, Robert, B. Packaging, padding, filler and/or insulation material from Sesbania SPP. Publication No. WO9530604.

Mellor, R. B., Ronnenberg, J and Diekmann, S. (1992) Mobitec Molecular Biologische Technologie GMBH Process for purifying water. Publication No. WO9205117.

Thesis

Mellor, Robert Brooke (2006) Innovation nuclei in SMEs involved in Internet B2C e-commerce. (PhD thesis), Kingston University.

Mellor, Robert Brooke (1996) The nodulation of legumes. (Other thesis), Koebenhavn : Kgl. Veterinaer- og Landbohoejskole.

Mellor, Robert B. (1979) Glycoprotein biosynthesis in castor bean endosperm. (MPhil thesis), University of Bradford.

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