Pioneering protein folding professor
The University of Cambridge
Ranked in the top 100 UK Scientists. Sir Alan Fersht’s current research at The University of Cambridge uses an amalgam of protein engineering, structural biology, biophysics and chemistry to study the structure, activity, stability and folding of proteins, and the role of protein misfolding and instability in cancer and disease. His group at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge focuses on how mutation affects proteins in the cell cycle, particularly the tumour suppressor p53, in order to design novel anti-cancer drugs that function by restoring the activity of mutated proteins. Since October 2012-2018, he has been Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Knighted in 2003 for his work on protein science, and has honorary degrees from Uppsala, Brussels, Weizmann Institute, Imperial College and The Hebrew University. He has honorary professorships in China in Shanghai, Chengdu and Qingdao. He has world-wide experience in the needs of science and biotechnology.