Christopher Dobson


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British chemist, Christopher Dobson is a John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Chemical and Structural Biology at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Cambridge, and since 2007 he is Master of St John’s College.

He earned his doctorate at Oxford University in 1976, and spent some years in the United States afterwards, where he studied at Harvard University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (USA).

In the 1980s, he returned to Oxford, where he became a professor of chemistry in 1996 and in 2001 he was awarded the John Humphrey Plummer Professorship in his current institute, the Cambridge University.

Structural analysis of proteins, misfolding, and amyloid aggregates are the fundamental themes of his research. The appearance of these aggregates can be related to the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. This phenomenon is investigated in his laboratory by a wide variety of modern methods, like NMR, X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopy.

He has about 650 published papers, more than 30 of which were published in Science or Nature. His most important awards include the Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Davy Medal, the Royal Medal, the Feltrinelli International Prize for Medicine of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome. He is also member of the British Royal Society, the US National Academy of Sciences; in addition, he earned honorary doctorates from several countries (Belgium, Sweden and Italy).

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