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Professor Dek Woolfson

Professor Dek Woolfson

Professor Dek Woolfson
B.A.(Oxon.), Ph.D.(Cantab.)

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Area of research

Protein design and its application in bionanotechnology and synthetic biology

Office Chem 529b Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri & Life Sciences 303 Tue
School of Chemistry,
Cantock's Close, Bristol BS8 1TS
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Alt. +44 (0) 117 39 41314
Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 6347

Research summary

The primary basic research interests of the group are: (A) the informational aspect of the protein-folding problem; that is, how does the sequence of a protein determine its active, three-dimensional structure or fold?  And (B), how can we use this information to design completely new proteins from scratch?  In addition, we design proteins for applications in synthetic biology and medicine.

We tackle these problems using the following multi-disciplinary approach:

  1. We use bioinformatics to garner sequence-to-structure relationships from protein sequence and structural databases.

  2. We test the relationships ("rules for protein folding") that we find in two ways: (a) through ab initio ...

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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 ...

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