Prof. Jason Chin

Head of Centre for Chemical & Synthetic Biology MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology/ Dept. of Chemistry, Uni. of Cambridge

Prof. Jason Chin is a Programme Leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, where he is also Head of the Centre for Chemical & Synthetic Biology.  He is Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at the University of Cambridge, holds a joint appointment at the University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry and is a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was an undergraduate at Oxford University and obtained his Ph.D. as a Fulbright grantee from Yale University.  He was a Damon Runyon Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute with Professor Peter Schultz where he developed the first approaches to systematically expand the genetic code of eukaryotic cells and pioneered approaches for defining protein interactions by genetically encoding photocrosslinking amino acids. From July 2003 to early 2007 he was a tenure-track group leader at MRC-LMB.  He became an EMBO Young Investigator in 2005 and a tenured group leader in 2007.  He was awarded the Francis Crick Prize in 2009 and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Corday Morgan Prize in 2010. He was awarded the European Molecular Biology Organization’s Gold Medal and elected to EMBO membership in 2010.  He is the inaugural recipient of the Louis-Jeantet Young Investigator Career Award.