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1 May 2015


Congratulations to members Professor Benjamin Davis and Professor Annette Dolphin for being elected Fellows of the Royal Society.

Professor Benjamin Davis got his BA and DPhil (1996) from the University of Oxford and spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Bryan Jones at the University of Toronto, exploring protein chemistry and biocatalysis.

In 1998 he returned to the UK to take up a lectureship at the University of Durham. In the autumn of 2001 he moved to the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, University of Oxford and received a fellowship at Pembroke College, Oxford. He was promoted to Full Professor in 2005.

His group's research centres on the chemical understanding and exploitation of biomolecular function (Synthetic Biology, Chemical Biology and Chemical Medicine), with an emphasis on carbohydrates and proteins. In particular, the group's interests encompass synthesis and methodology; target biomolecule synthesis; inhibitor/probe/substrate design; biocatalysis; enzyme & biomolecule mechanism; biosynthetic pathway determination; protein engineering; drug delivery; molecular biology; structural biology; cell biology; glycobiology; molecular imaging and in vivo biology.

Professor Annette Dolphin studied Biochemistry at Oxford University, and then did her PhD at Institute of Psychiatry in London, where she first became interested in Neuropharmacology. She then undertook postdoctoral studies in Paris, Yale, and National Institute for Medical Reseach, Mill Hill, and is currently Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at UCL.

Professor Dolphin’s research seeks to understand the function of neuronal voltage-gated calcium channels, and her group’s current work has particular reference to the role of accessory subunits, beta and alpha2delta. It is examining how these subunits modulate the channels and how these interactions are affected in disease states or by drugs.

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