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11 June 2015

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Royal Society of Chemistry Prize for Professor Anthony Watts

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Professor Anthony Watts
Professor Anthony Watts

Professor Anthony Watts is a Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Prize Winner for 2015.

Tony Watts’ award recognises his work at the interface between chemistry and other disciplines. His extensive work on proteins and lipids in model and natural membranes has used a huge range of biophysical, structural and molecular biology methods and techniques. Potential applications of the research include helping to deliver drugs more effectively.

Since the 1990s, Tony has pioneered new high-resolution solid state NMR techniques for the study of biomolecular systems aimed at resolving sub-A structural and dynamic details of ligand- and drug- receptor interactions in the absence of other structural information.

Every year the Royal Society of Chemistry recognises those who are advancing excellence across the chemical sciences through their Prizes and Awards programme. From researchers to teachers and entrepreneurs; whether at the start of a career in the chemical sciences or having served the community for a number of years, the Society want to celebrate and reward those who make a lasting contribution.

Dr Robert Parker, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: ‘It is always a pleasure to recognise excellence in the chemical sciences and I am pleased to acknowledge the illustrious achievements of our prize and award winners this year. Whether they work in research, industry or academia, our winners are the very best in their fields, and they can be very proud to follow in the footsteps of some of the most influential and important scientists around the world.  In a complex and changing world, chemistry and the chemical sciences are vital in responding to some of humanity’s biggest challenges and our prize and award winners are at the forefront of meeting that challenge.’

Tony Watts is also Vice-Principal of St Hugh’s College. Learn more about studying Biochemistry at St Hugh’s College.

Article credit: University of Oxford Department of Biochemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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