The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, cordially invites you to a public lecture titled Genomes, structural biology and drug discovery. Fighting drug resistance in cancer and tuberculosis presented by Prof Sir Tom Blundell, Director of Research and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge.
Date: Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Venue: Senate Hall, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria
GPS co-ordinates: S25° 45’ 21” E28° 13’ 51”
Dress: Business wear
- Persons with disabilities are kindly requested to contact Mpho Mothoa on (012) 420 2631 if assistance is required.
- Please indicate any dietary requirements.
Tom Blundell is a former Sir William Dunn Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry (1996−2009) at the University of Cambridge, as well as Chair of the School of Biological Sciences between 2003 and 2009. He has also held teaching and research positions at the universities of London, Sussex and Oxford.
Sir Tom conducts research on molecular, structural and computational biology of growth factors, receptors, signal transduction and DNA repair, all of which are important in cancer, tuberculosis and familial diseases. He has published many widely used software packages for protein modelling and design, and developed computer programs to predict the effects of mutations on proteins, related to effects such as resistance to antibiotics. He has published 560 research papers, including 30 in Nature and two in Science.
Sir Tom has successfully developed several new drugs. He has played leading roles in the UK, including as CEO of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and as President of the UK Science Council.
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