Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize 2013 Winner
University of Oxford
For his contributions to understanding the quaternary dynamics that govern sizes of oligomeric protein assemblies, through NMR, mass spectroscopy (MS) and electron microscopy (EM).
About the Winner
Growing up in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Andy Baldwin studied chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He was advised to study biochemistry rather than geology and became fascinated by biological polymers almost immediately. This interest led to a PhD using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques to study the dynamical properties of such molecules as a research scholar of Trinity College.
In 2008, Andy was awarded EMBO and CIHR long-term fellowships to study the intricacies of biological NMR at the University of Toronto. In addition to designing new experiments to probe the dynamics of biomolecules, he developed techniques for combining NMR with highly complimentary mass spectrometry and electron microscopy.
In 2012, he moved to Oxford with BBSRC David Phillip's and Merton College Fitzjames fellowships. In 2013, Andy was appointed to a University Lectureship in the Department of Chemistry at Oxford and became a fellow of Pembroke college.
His work in Oxford is centred on understanding how the motions of proteins and other biopolymers dictate their many biological functions. In particular, he is using the hybridised experimental methods to study protein aggregation and its relationship to conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
Dr Baldwin's Research Group Website
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