Curriculum vitae
NameProfessor CHRISTOPHER ABELL
PositionsProfessor in Biological Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
The Todd Hameid Fellow
Director of Studies in Chemistry, Christs's College, Cambridge
Date of Birth11th November 1957
NationalityBritish
FamilyMarried to Katherine (1981), son Daniel Jonathan (b. 1989)
Career1976-1979 : Undergraduate, St John's College, Cambridge
Natural Sciences Tripos
Part I : Advanced Chemistry (1st) Metallurgy (1st)
Part II : Chemistry (1st)
1979-1982 : PhD Student, St John's College, Cambridge
Supervisor : Professor J. Staunton FRS
Research topic : Polyketide biosynthesis
1982-1983 : SERC Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brown University, USA
Supervisor : Professor D.E. Cane
Research topic : Enzymology of terpene biosynthesis
1984-1988 : University Demonstrator, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
1988-1999 : University Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
1999-2002 : Reader in Chemical Biology, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
2002- : Professor in Biological Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Awards1982-1983 : SERC NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship
1983-1986 : Research Fellowship, King's College, Cambridge
1991-1992 : Hickinbottom Fellowship, Royal Society of Chemistry
1992 : Yamada Science Foundation Award
1992 : ICI Prize in Organic Chemistry
1999-2000 : Iberdrola Visiting Professorship, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2000 : Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
2003 : David P Craig Visiting Professorship, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Research
interests
Chemistry and enzymology of the shikimate pathway
Molecular biology, biochemistry and chemistry of pantothenate biosynthesis
Biological nanotechnology
Microdroplet microreactors
Riboswitches
Studying protein-ligand interactions