Prof. Tom Brown

Prof. Tom Brown

Group leader

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


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

Recent Invited Lectures

May 2005 Nobel Foundation Workshop “Fundamentals of Biomolecular Function: Nucleic Acids, Proteins and Membranes” - Coimbra, Portugal
June 2005 Mutations in the Human Genome - Santorini Greece
December 2007 Eurotides - Berlin
January 2008 Molecular Frontiers Symposium and Forum - Biopolis, Singapore
May 2009 BIOTECH.ORG - Forte dei Marmi (Lucca) Italy
August 2009 42nd IUPAC Congress, Glasgow
September 2009 3rd European Congress on Chemistry for Life Sciences - Frankfurt

Previous positions

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

Prizes and appointments

1992 MakDougall-Brisbane prize for research, Royal Society of Edinburgh
1992 Royal Society of Chemistry Josef Loschmidt Award
1993 Royal Society of Edinburgh Caledonian Research Fellowship
2004/5 Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship
2005/6 Chair of EPSRC Senior and Advanced Chemistry Fellowships Panel
2006-9 Member of BBSRC Biomolecular Sciences committee
2007 Royal Society of Chemistry Nucleic Acids Chemistry Prize
2009 Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Award