Interdisciplinary Prize 2017 Winner


Professor Greg Challis
Professor Greg Challis
University of Warwick

 

Awarded for outstanding contributions to the discovery and mechanistic illumination of novel natural product biosynthetic enzymes


About the Winner


Greg Challis graduated with a BSc in Chemistry (1994) from Imperial College London and completed a DPhil in Organic Chemistry (1998) at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof Sir Jack Baldwin FRS. He carried out postdoctoral research as a Wellcome Trust International Prize Travelling Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University, USA, with Prof Craig Townsend (1998-2000) and in the Department of Genetics at John Innes Centre, UK, with Prof Keith Chater FRS (2000-2001). In 2001 he took up a lectureship in Chemical Biology in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick. In 2003 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer and in 2006 he was promoted to Professor. In July 2016, he was appointed as the Warwick-Monash Professor of Sustainable Chemistry (Chemical and Synthetic Biology), a discipline-spanning position between the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick, and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Challis is a pioneer of genomics-driven natural product discovery and has made numerous important contributions to understanding the molecular mechanisms of natural product biosynthesis. He has published more than 100 papers on the chemistry and biology of bioactive natural products and has delivered in excess of 150 invited lectures at international conferences, universities and research institutes. A major focus of his current research is the discovery, mechanism of action, biosynthesis and bioengineering of novel antibiotics with the potential to tackle the looming health threat posed by antimicrobial resistance.


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