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 Chemical Biology at the University of Southampton. 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 250 research papers and patents.

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Nucleic Acids Research


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Professor Ben Davis MRSC

Past President

Ben Davis is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford.  His group's research centers on chemical biology with an emphasis on carbohydrates and proteins. In particular, the group's interests encompass synthesis and methodology, inhibitor design, protein engineering, drug delivery, molecular modeling, molecular biology, and glycoscience.

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Our research comes under the broad heading of the chemistry of Carbohydrates and Proteins.


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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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Professor Michael Page CChem FRSC

Elected Member

Mike Page is currently deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Huddersfield with responsibility for planning, resources and research.  He was Head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences from 1985 until 1997, and Dean of the School of Applied Sciences from 1989 to 2003.

His main areas of research interest include β-lactam antibiotics, enzymes in synthesis, and kinetics and mechanisms in organic chemistry and biochemistry.




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Dr Ali Tavassoli MRSC

Elected 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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Dr Lyn Jones BSc PhD FRSC

Elected Member




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Professor Patrick Steel MA DPhil CChem MRSC

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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Dr Ulrike Eggert

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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Professor Yamuna Krishnan

Appointed Member

Yamuna Krishnan is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago since 2014. She received a PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2002 from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She pursued her postdoctoral studies as an 1851 Research Fellow and a Fellow at Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge, UK where she studied quadruplex DNA and DNA mimics. From 2005-2014 her laboratory at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore pioneered the use of DNA-based molecular devices to interrogate cellular processes. Selected honors include the ShantiSwarup Bhatnagar award, Associateship of the Indian Academy of Sciences, the INSA Young Scientist Medal, the Wellcome-Trust DBT Senior Research Fellowship and on Cell’s list of 40 under 40.




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Professor Rein Ulijn

Appointed Member

Rein Ulijn is Professor of Nanochemistry and founding director of the new Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at City University New York. He also holds a position as WestCHEM Professor at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. His research is focused on the development of minimalistic molecular materials and systems that are inspired by biology and have unique properties, such as adaptability, molecular recognition and programmability.




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Professor Gideon Davies CChem FRSC FRS

Appointed Member

Gideon Davies is a 40th Anniversary Professor of Chemistry at the University of York. His group’s research spans the disciplines of chemistry and biology, with a focus on the structural enzymology and chemical biology of proteins involved in the synthesis and degradation of carbohydrates.  A key area of interest is the conformational analysis of carbohydrates in the active site of enzymes, with a view to exploiting this knowledge for the design of enzyme inhibitors as cellular probes and therapeutic agents.

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University of York


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Professor Gary Williamson FRSC

Co-opted Member

Gary Williamson is Professor at the University of Leeds in the School of Food Science and Nutrition. His group’s research is centred around how bioactive molecules, especially dietary polyphenols, are absorbed by the body and can influence biochemical processes leading to reduced risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The research interests encompass biochemistry, enzymology, cell biology and nutrition, including chemical and enzymic synthesis of bioactive compounds, metabolites and biomarkers. He has published over 340 refereed scientific papers and holds an ERC Advanced Grant on the chronic effects of polyphenols on cellular processes.

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University of Leeds


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Professor Paul Dalby FRSC

Co-opted Member

Paul Dalby is Professor of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering at University College London. He also Chairs the RSC Biotechnology Subject Group. His research focusses on enzyme and de novo pathway engineering for chemical synthesis, as well as on protein stability, formulation and low-volume biophysical analysis. He is a Co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies, and Director of a linked EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training. He has published over 70 research papers and patents.