Tom Brown is Professor of Nucleic Acid Chemistry in the departments of chemistry and oncology at Oxford University. His research interests centre on oligonucleotide synthesis and applications of synthetic nucleic acids in biology, diagnostics and therapeutics.
Professor Brown’s group produced the first biocompatible artificial DNA backbone using click chemistry, and this has been a major focus of his research. He is co-inventor of several technologies for genetic analysis and co-founder of three biotech companies including ATDBio (synthesis of modified oligonucleotides). He has published over 450 research papers and patents.
Previous awards include the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Josef Loschmidt prize, the RSC award for Nucleic Acid Chemistry, the RSC Prize for Interdisciplinary Research, Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year (2014), and BBSRC Innovator of the Year (2016). He was also presented with a lifetime award for external engagement and promoting impact by Oxford University.
Tom is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is former president of the Chemistry Biology Interface Division of the RSC, editor-in-chief of the RSC book series Chemical Biology, and was co-chair of the 2018 EuCheMS congress in Liverpool, UK. Until recently he was associate head of the chemistry department at Oxford University with responsibility for research.