Norman Heatley Award 2014 Winner

Dr Edward Tate
Dr Edward Tate
Imperial College London

For his contributions to the area of antimalarial drug discovery and for pioneering the application of chemical proteomics and its implementation in the identification
of novel therapeutic targets.

About the Winner

Dr Ed Tate earned his BSc degree at the University of Durham, and completed his PhD under the guidance of Prof Steve Ley at the University of Cambridge in the fields of C-glycosidation and total synthesis. He then undertook postdoctoral research in Paris, first as an 1851 Research Fellow studying radical cascades in total synthesis in the group of Prof Sam Zard (Ecole Polytechnique), and then as a Howard Trust Fellow in the lab of Dr Annie Kolb (Institut Pasteur), working on the role of DNA secondary structure in transcriptional activation. 

He took up a position in the lab of Prof Robin Leatherbarrow in the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, and subsequently founded a new research group in chemical biology and chemical proteomics as a BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow; he remained at Imperial to further develop his research group, and was promoted to Reader in Chemical Biology in 2012.

Ed's research focuses on the design and application of novel chemical approaches to understand living systems, particularly post-translational modification of proteins and the manipulation of multi-protein complexes. More than 30 researchers in his group are engaged in multiple aspects of chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, with an emphasis on the roles of protein modification in cancer, inflammation, and degenerative and infectious diseases, and funded by grants from government, medical research charities and industry. 

Ed is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Biology, and is a past recipient of the Wain Medal (2012) and the RSC MedImmune Protein and Peptide Science Award (2013) for his work in the field of chemical biology.

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