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Professor Ian Graham

Ian Graham

BBSRC Council member

Ian Graham

Ian Graham

Ian gained his first degree in Botany and Genetics from Queen's University Belfast in 1986 and his PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh before doing postdoctoral research at the Universities of Oxford and Stanford. His first faculty position was in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Glasgow in 1993 and he moved to the Chair of Biochemical Genetics in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP), University of York in 1999. He was Deputy Director of CNAP from 2003-2008, Director from 2008-2013 and Head of Department of Biology from 2014-2018.

During his career Ian has made significant contributions to our understanding of plant metabolism and seed biology. His most recent research has shed new light on the production of small molecule natural products from plants such as the anti-cancer compound noscapine, morphinan-based analgesics such as codeine and morphine, and the antimalarial drug artemisinin. Funding for his research comes from a range of sources including industry, UK Government including BBSRC, EU, UK and overseas charities. 

In 2016 Ian was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). In 2017 he was awarded the Biochemical Society's Heatley Medal and Prize for exceptional work in applying advances in biochemistry, particularly in developing practical uses that have created widespread benefits and value for society.

Term ends: 31 March 2021