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Professor Dek Woolfson


Prof Dek Woolfson took his first degree in Chemistry at the University of Oxford in 1987.  He then did a PhD at the University of Cambridge followed by post-doctoral research at University College London and the University of California, Berkeley.  After 10 years as Lecturer through to Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Sussex, he moved to the University of Bristol in 2005 to take up a joint chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry.  His research has always been at the interface between chemistry and biology, applying chemical methods and principles to understand biological phenomena.  Specifically, his group is interested in the challenge of rational protein design, how this can be applied in synthetic biology and biotechnology, and with a particular emphasis on making completely new protein structures and functions, and also biomaterials for applications in biotechnology, cell biology and medicine.  Prof Woolfson is Director of BrisSynBio, a BBSRC/EPSRC-funded Synthetic Biology Research Centre.



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