Harnessing the power of evolution for making new medicines

Location
TheVenue@DMU
Date(s)
10/10/2019 (15:00-16:00)
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Description

Distinguished Lecture Series:  Lecture by Nobel Laureate Sir Gregory Winter FRS (Master of Trinity College, University of Cambridge)

This lecture will begin with at 3pm and will last for approximately one hour. A drinks reception with canapés will follow the talk. 

Sir Gregory Winter FRS Biography:

Greg Winter studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge.  He then completed his PhD at the LMB, working on the amino acid sequence of tryptophanyl tRNA synthetase from the bacterium Bacillus stearothermophilus. His research career has been based almost entirely at the LMB and the MRC Centre for Protein Engineering (CPE). He became a Programme Leader in 1981, was Joint Head of the PNAC Division from 1994-2006, Deputy Director of the LMB from 2006-2011 and acting Director 2007-2008.  He was also Deputy Director of CPE from 1990 until its closure in 2010.

His main research focus is genetic and protein engineering. In his early research Greg was interested in the idea that all antibodies have the same basic structure, with only small changes making them specific for one target. He pioneered techniques in humanised and human therapeutic antibodies, which led to antibody therapies for cancer and diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. He has established hugely successful spin out companies including: Cambridge Antibody Technology (acquired by AstraZeneca), Domantis (acquired by GlaxoSmithKline) and Bicycle Therapeutics.

He is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and has been Master of Trinity since 2012. He was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation in 1987, a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1990 and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2006, as well as being a Fellow or Honorary Fellow of many other professional organisations. He has been awarded numerous prizes and medals, including the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.  He received a Knighthood for services to Molecular Biology in 2004.

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