2023 Chemistry Biology Interface mid-career Prize: Jeremy Knowles Award Winner
Professor Akane Kawamura, Newcastle University
Awarded for the development and application of cutting-edge technologies and chemical probes to study and modulate therapeutically important biological processes.
Professor Akane Kawamura works at the interface between chemistry, biology and medicine. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of enzymes and proteins that are linked to diseases, such as cancer, and developing chemical tools to study and modulate their function.
Akane’s group employs a variety of biochemical, biophysical and cell-based methods, alongside the development of peptide and small molecule based chemical tools. Her group has a particular interest in proteins that regulate epigenetic modifications on histones and DNA to improve our understanding of their mechanisms and how they influence the expression of genes in cancer. Her group also works on tackling challenging protein-protein interactions of biomedical importance, including cancer targets, chemokine signalling and inflammation.
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