Corday-Morgan Prize 2009 Winner
University of Strathclyde
Awarded for his outstanding and pioneering contributions to nanometrology in support of molecular manipulation and chemical and biological detection systems.
About the winner
Duncan Graham obtained his BSc Honours in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 1992 and his PhD in Bioorganic Chemistry in 1996 under the direction of Prof. Tom Brown investigating the use of modified oligonucleotides to inhibit HIV. He then moved to the University of Strathclyde where he joined the group of Prof. Ewen Smith as a postdoctoral fellow to examine the use of surface enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS) for DNA analysis with Zeneca Diagnostics. Breakthroughs during that period of research lead to the award of a five-year David Phillips fellowship from the BBSRC to examine the area of DNA analysis by SERRS.
2002 - won the RSC's Analytical Grand Prix Fellowship which provided funding for another period of five years to further develop his chosen area of using synthetic chemistry to create and develop new methods of bioanalysis using optical spectroscopy.
2004 - awarded the SAC Silver medal for the 'Innovative synthesis of new analytical reagents for sensitive and selective analysis' and in 2005 he was presented with the Nexxus Young Life Scientist of Year award.
2007 - elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is a cofounder and director of D3 Technologies Ltd which formed in 2007.
Currently Deputy Director of WestCHEM (the joint chemical sciences research school of Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities), Co-director of the Centre for Molecular Nanometrology, Director of Research Admissions and Head of Research for Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde. He has published over 100 papers and 11 patents, was appointed as a lecturer in 2002 and promoted to professor in 2004.
Duncan's interests are in using synthetic chemistry to produce nanosensors that respond to a specific biological species or event and he has a group of around 25 working on various aspects of this area of science.
Duncan Graham's homepage
The Department of Chemistry at WestCHEM, University of Strathclyde
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