Nigel is Professor of Enzymology and Director of the EPSRC UK Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub and the BBSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre ‘SYNBIOCHEM’.
He is also a Founding Director of the fuels-from-biology company C3 BIOTECH Ltd and its subsidiary company C3 BIOTECH (Maritime and Aerospace) Ltd.
He is former Director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) (2010 to 2019), recognised by the award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education (2018 to 2020).
Nigel is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
He was appointed Professor at the University of Manchester in 2005, where he was Associate Dean for Research prior to appointment as MIB Director.
He graduated from King’s College, University of London and gained his ScD and PhD degrees at St John’s College, University of Cambridge as a Benefactor’s Scholar.
He was a Research Fellow at St John’s, and awarded the Henry Humphrey’s Research Prize. He was also Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge.
Nigel’s group is noted for its work on enzyme catalysis, covering:
- quantum tunnelling
- mechanistic and structural biology
- synthetic biology
- bio-based chemicals and fuels manufacture.
His work is interdisciplinary and is supported by a world-leading infrastructure for biophysical chemistry and synthetic biology that he has established at Manchester.
Term starts: April 2021
Last updated: 4 April 2022