Soft Matter and Biophysical Award 2009 winner
University of Illinois, USA
Awarded for his original contributions to biophysical chemistry including his innovative applications of NMR in elucidating the structures of lipids and proteins.
Professor Oldfield delivered a lecture at a number of locations throughout the UK and was presented with his medal and certificate at a symposium in Cardiff on 25 November 2009.
About the winner
Eric Oldfield was educated at Bec School, London, and received a BSc in Chemistry from Bristol University, doing research with Jake Macmillan and Geoffrey Eglinton, and a PhD in Biophysical Chemistry from Sheffield University, with Dennis Chapman.
He then worked as an EMBO Fellow at Indiana University with Adam Allerhand and was a Visiting Scientist at MIT with John Waugh. He joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975 and is currently the Alumni Research Scholar Professor of Chemistry, a Professor of Biophysics in the Center for Computational Biology and Biophysics, and a member of the Center for Zoonoses Research.
His research interests have covered a broad range of topics, including 2H NMR of lipids and proteins, 13C NMR of proteins, NMR of non-integral spin quadrupolar nuclei, electrochemical NMR, and quantum chemical investigations of NMR, EPR and Moessbauer spectra in metalloproteins and model systems.
Most recently, he has developed new approaches to the treatment of infectious diseases targeting bacterial virulence factors, the development of novel anti-parasitics for tropical diseases, as well as the development of new lipophilic bisphosphonates for use in cancer therapy and immunotherapy.
He has been the recipient of several awards for his work, including RSC Meldola Medal and Prize, RSC Spectroscopy Award, The Biochemical Society's Colworth Medal, ACS's Award in Pure Chemistry, and the American Heart Association's Basic Science Research Prize.
Eric Oldfield's Group
School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Illinois, USA
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