Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize 2012 Winner

Dr Tuomas Knowles
Dr Tuomas Knowles
University of Cambridge

For his development and application of an ensemble of methods by which to break down complex assembly pathways into their underlying molecular steps, thereby allowing such processes to be understood and controlled on a molecular level. 

About the Winner

Tuomas Knowles studied biology at the University of Geneva and physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, from where he graduated in 2004 with the top first class degree in Physics and was awarded the ETH Zurich Willi Studer Prize.

He moved to the Cavendish laboratory at the University of Cambridge for his Ph.D. in chemical physics, working in the Biological and Soft Systems group and the Nanoscience Centre. This work at Cambridge was recognised by the 2007 Cavendish Laboratory Abdus Salam Prize. He was then elected to a Research Fellowship at St John's College in 2008, during the tenure of which he worked in Cambridge and Harvard.

In 2010, Tuomas Knowles was appointed to a University Lectureship in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge, and was awarded the Frances and Augustus Newman Foundation Next Generation Fellowship in 2011. His work in Cambridge is centred around the study of the physicochemical properties and behaviour of biological molecules and soft materials.