CBID Council Biographies and Contacts


The CBID is advised by a Division Council


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Professor Tom Brown CChem FRSC FRSE

President

Tom Brown is Professor of Nucleic Acid Chemistry at the University of Oxford. His research interests centre on Nucleic acids chemistry, structure, DNA sequence recognition and applications of nucleic acids in biology, nanotechnology and medicine. He is co-founder of three Biotech companies and has published over 350 research  papers and patents. 

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Nucleic Acids Research


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Dr Lyn Jones BSc PhD FRSC

Elected Member

Lyn Jones received his undergraduate education at the University of Bath and then completed PhD studies in synthetic organic chemistry at the University of Nottingham. He then started his post doctorate research at The Scripps Research Institute, California in the area of chemical biology. In 2001, he joined Pfizer in Sandwich, UK as a medicinal chemistry team leader and in 2009 he won the inaugural RSC Young Industrialist of the Year Award for his contributions to preclinical research in HIV, allergy and respiratory disease areas. In 2011 he transferred to Cambridge, Massachusetts to become head of chemistry for Rare Disease Research and to lead the Chemical Biology Group.

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Professor Patrick Steel MA DPhil CChem MRSC

Elected Member




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Professor Kira Weissman

Elected Member

Kira J. Weissman is a professor of enzymology within the UMR 7365 CNRS-UL: IMoPA at the University of Lorraine, Nancy, France. Previously, she was a PhD student, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow and Lecturer at Cambridge University, and a Alexander Humboldt Research Fellow at Saarland University, Germany. Her current research interests include the mechanistic enzymology and structural biology of modular multienzymes. She is the author of over 70 primary publications, reviews, commentaries, book chapters and popular science articles.




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Dr Brian Cox CChem FRSC

Elected Member

Brian is Head of Chemistry at Novartis Horsham. He has 30 years experience in the drug discovery industry working at Novartis, GSK and Schering Plough (US). He has worked in many therapeutic areas but specialises in the discovery of respiratory medicines and is an expert in the design of ion channel modulators. His research interests are in the application of new synthetic methodologies to automated parallel synthesis and utility in drug discovery.




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Dr Laura Barter

Elected Member

Laura Barter is a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College. She is also Director of AGRI-net, the agri-science chemical biology network, and NexGenAgriChem an EU Marie Curie Innovative Doctor training programme.The underlying theme of Laura's research is to determine quantitative structure-function relationships in biological systems employing optical spectroscopic, chemical biology and biochemical techniques allied with modelling and calculation. Particular focus being on understanding and mitigating the rate limiting steps and regulatory controls in photosynthesis.




Dr Rebecca Goss

Elected Member




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Dr Tom Heightman MRSC

Appointed Member

Tom Heightman is a Director of Medicinal Chemistry at Astex Therapeutics. Prior to joining Astex he spent 10 years as a medicinal chemist in GlaxoSmithKline, culminating in leadership of the Neurology Lead Discovery department, followed by 3 years as Project Manager of SGC’s Epigenetics Chemical Probes Consortium in Oxford University.

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Astex Pharmaceuticals


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Professor Rob Field CChem MRSC

Appointed Member

Rob Field is a Project Leader in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the John Innes Centre (JIC) and honorary Professor of Chemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He has over 25 years experience in chemical biology research, focussing on carbohydrate chemistry, associated enzymology and enabling technologies. His research interests range from bacterial adhesion and infection, through starch and plant cell wall biochemistry to chemical genomics approaches to dissect carbohydrate metabolism.

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Rob Field at the John Innes Centre


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Professor Ulrike Eggert FRSC

Appointed Member

Riki Eggert is a Reader in Chemical Biology at King's College London, jointly appointed in the Department of Chemistry and the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics. Research in the Eggert group uses chemical and cell biology approaches to study cytokinesis, the final step of cell division, at the process, pathway, protein and metabolite levels.

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Cell division


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Professor Ali Tavassoli MRSC

Co-opted Member

Ali Tavassoli is a Reader in chemical biology at the University of Southampton, jointly appointed at the School of Chemistry and the Cancer Sciences division of the Faculty of Medicine.

His research is directed towards understanding cellular protein-protein interaction networks, and developing molecules that tackle diseases such as Cancer and HIV by targeting these protein networks.

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A multidisciplinary chemical biology research group


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