Prof. Tom Brown

Prof. Tom Brown

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Tom received his first degree in Chemistry at Bradford University, where he was awarded the Griffin and George Prize as most outstanding graduate. After a PhD at Bradford with Gordon Shaw he moved to Nottingham University, then to Oxford and Cambridge Universities to carry out postdoctoral research with Leslie Crombie and Gerry Pattenden FRS, John Jones and Olga Kennard OBE FRS respectively. In 1985 he was appointed to a lectureship in Biological Chemistry at Edinburgh University where he was promoted to Reader and then Professor of Nucleic Acids Chemistry, and in 1995 he moved to a Chair in Chemical Biology at the University of Southampton. Tom was appointed Professor of Nucleic Acid Chemistry at the University of Oxford in 2013. Tom’s research interests centre on Nucleic acids chemistry, in particular the relationship between structure and function, DNA sequence recognition and the application of oligonucleotide chemistry to genetic analysis, diagnostics and therapeutics. He is co-founder of three biotech companies: Oswel, ATDBio and PrimerDesign.

Curriculum vitae


Date of Birth 10th November 1952
Nationality British

Academy memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
  • Member of the American Chemical Society

Academic positions

current Professor of Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Departments of Chemistry and Oncology, Oxford University, UK
1985-1991 Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
1991-1993 Reader in Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
1993-1995 Professor of Nucleic acids Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
1995-2013 Professor of Chemical Biology, University of Southampton

Fellowships and awards

1992 Royal Society of Edinburgh MakDougall-Brisbane prize for research
1992 Royal Society of Chemistry Josef Loschmidt Award for organic chemistry
1993 Royal Society of Edinburgh Caledonian Research Fellowship
2004 Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship
2007 Royal Society of Chemistry Nucleic Acids Chemistry Prize
2009 Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Award
2014 Royal Society of Chemistry Entrepeneur of the Year
2016 BBSRC Commercial Innovator of the Year and Overall Innovator of the Year

External appointments

2006-10 Chair of EPSRC Senior and Advanced Chemistry Fellowships Panel
2006-10 Member of BBSRC Biomolecular Sciences (BMS) committee
2014-17 President of RSC Chemistry and Biology Interface Division
2018-19 Advisory committee member, RSC Review of Recognition
current Editorial Board member, Chemistry World magazine
current Editor-in-Chief, RSC Book Series on Chemical Biology
current Member of BBSRC Strategic Advisory Panel "Exploring new ways of working."
current Chair of RSC Member Communities Board
current Member of RSC Council and Trustee of the RSC