After gaining a First class Honours B. Sc. Degree in Chemistry with Distinction in Biochemistry, Mark carried out a D. Phil under the supervision of Professor Sir J. E. Baldwin FRS – both at the University of Oxford. On gaining both a Lindemann Trust and SERC/NATO Postdoctoral Fellowships, he continued with postdoctoral work under Professor C. T. Walsh at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA (1989-1991) before moving to the University of Southampton as a Royal Society University Research Fellow.
In 1997 at the age of 34 Mark was awarded a Professorship in Combinatorial Chemistry where he founded the Combinatorial Centre of Excellence. He continued to direct this Centre until moving to Edinburgh in 2005 where he took up his current position as Professor of Chemical Biology.
Since this time his work has become much more focused on the application of chemistry to solving medical problems (chemical medicine) which has resulted, for example in the extensive collaboration between the groups of Bradley, Dhaliwal and Haslett in the area of “smart-probes” for clinical and pre-clinical imaging.
More than sixty PhD students have emerged from the Bradley group and overall the group has published more than twenty patents and three hundred articles in the form of papers, reviews and book chapters.