Interdisciplinary Prize 2016 Winner


Professor Dek Woolfson
Professor Dek Woolfson
University of Bristol

 

Awarded for his contributions to understanding sequence-to-structure relationships in natural proteins, and using these to design entirely new protein folds and assemblies


About the Winner


Professor Dek Woolfson took his first degree in Chemistry at the University of Oxford, UK in 1987.  At Oxford he worked in Professor Chris Dobson's group. He then did a PhD with Professor Dudley Williams and Dr Phil Evans at the University of Cambridge. This was followed by post-doctoral research with Professor Dame Janet Thornton at University College London; and then with Professor Tom Alber at the University of California, Berkeley. After 10 years as Lecturer through to Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Sussex, he moved to the University of Bristol in 2005 to take up a joint chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Dek's research has always been at the interface between chemistry and biology.  He applies chemical methods and principles to understand biological phenomena.  His group is interested in the challenge of understanding sequence-to-structure/function relationships in proteins and applying this to the rational protein design.  He places particular emphasis on making completely new protein structures, assemblies and biomaterials for applications in cell biology, medicine and synthetic biology.

In 2011, Dek was the first recipient of the Medimmune Protein and Peptide Science Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry; and in 2014 he received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He is Director of BrisSynBio, a 13.6M BBSRC/EPSRC-funded Synthetic Biology Research Centre.


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