Professor Christopher Dobson

University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Chris Dobson received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1976, having worked on the application of chemical and physical techniques to probe the structures and dynamics of biological molecules, particularly proteins.

After a short period as a Research Fellow he moved to Harvard University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and was also a Visiting Scientist at MIT. In 1980 he returned to the University of Oxford first as a Lecturer in Chemistry, and later as Professor of Chemistry. He then became the Director of the Oxford Centre for Molecular Sciences.

In 2001 he moved to the University of Cambridge as John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Chemical and Structural Biology. In 2007 he was awarded the degree of ScD by the University and in the same year became Master of St John’s College, Cambridge.

Professor Dobson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1996 and of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2005. In 2007 he was elected to Honorary Foreign Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also been awarded five honorary degrees in Science and Medicine.

He has received many awards during his career including the Stein and Moore (2003) and the Hans Neurath (2006) Awards of the Protein Society, and the Davy (2005) and Royal (2009) Medals of the Royal Society. In 2014 he received the Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Feltrinelli International Prize for Medicine from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome.

His research interests are focused on defining the way protein molecules fold up into the compact structures in which they function, or misfold to give rise to a series of degenerative human conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and type II diabetes.