Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and group leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and former Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Enjoys combining methods and ideas of molecular and structural biology with those from biophysics and chemistry to study the structure, activity, stability and folding of proteins, and the role of protein misfolding and instability in cancer and disease. Knighted in 2003 for work on protein science. Honorary degrees from Uppsala, Brussels, and Aarhus Universities, the Weizmann Institute, Imperial College, and the Hebrew University. Honorary professorships in Shanghai, Chengdu and Qingdao. Fellow of the Royal Society, International Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Honorary Member of the American Philosophical Society, Foreign member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Member of EMBO and Member of Academia Europaea and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Other awards include: The Copley, Royal, Davy and Gabor Medals of the Royal Society; the Wilhelm Exner Medal (Austria) 2009; the Anfinsen (1999) and Stein and Moore (2001) awards of the Protein Society; and the Bader Award of the American Chemical Society (2005).

Research Interests

Research interests include protein engineering, protein folding, and enzyme catalysis.

Membership Type

International Member

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Primary Section

Section 29: Biophysics and Computational Biology

Secondary Section

Section 21: Biochemistry