Interdisciplinary Prize 2009 Winner

2009 Interdisciplinary Prize winner Tom Brown
Tom Brown
University of Southampton

Awarded for his many innovative contributions to nucleic acid chemistry and its application to problems at the chemistry biology interface.


About the winner

Tom Brown received his first degree in Chemistry at Bradford University where he was awarded the Griffin and George prize as most outstanding graduate. After a PhD at Bradford with Professor Gordon Shaw he moved to Nottingham University, then to Oxford and Cambridge Universities to carry out postdoctoral research with Leslie Crombie and Gerry Pattenden FRS, John Jones and Olga Kennard FRS respectively. 

In 1985 he was appointed to a lectureship in Biological Chemistry at Edinburgh University where he was promoted to Reader and Professor of Nucleic Acids Chemistry. He moved to a Chair in Chemistry at Southampton University in 1995. 

Tom's research interests centre on Nucleic acids chemistry, in particular the relationship between structure and function, DNA sequence recognition and the application of oligonucleotide chemistry to genetic analysis, diagnostics and therapeutics. He is co-founder of three Biotech companies.

Awards for research include:

  • the Royal Society of Edinburgh MakDougall-Brisbane prize for research
  • the Royal Society of Chemistry Josef Loschmidt prize
  • the Royal Society of Edinburgh Caledonian Research Fellowship
  • a Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship in 2004
  • the 2006 Royal Society of Chemistry award for Nucleic Acids Chemistry.

Tom is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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