Sir Shankar Balasubramanian

Sir Shankar Balsubramanian FRS is an Indian-born British chemist and Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry the University of Cambridge, Senior Group Leader at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is recognised for his contributions in the field of nucleic acids. He is scientific founder of Solexa and Cambridge Epigenetix.

I was born in Madras (now Chennai) India in 1966 and moved to the UK with my parents in 1967. I grew up in a rural area just outside Runcorn in Cheshire and was educated at Daresbury (primary), then Appleton Hall High School (secondary). I am married to Veena Krishnan, who is a general practitioner, and we have two children, Sachin (born 2002) and Sashi (born 2004). I did my undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge (1985-88) and then carried out a PhD under the supervision of Professor Chris Abell (1988-1991). I then traveled to the USA as a SERC/NATO Research Fellow and worked in the group of Professor Stephen J Benkovic at Pensylvannia State University (1991-1993). I started my independent academic career in 1994 in the University of Cambridge and have remained there ever since. I currently hold a joint appointment between the Clinical School and Department of Chemistry. I direct research laboratories in the Department of Chemistry and also the CRUK Cambridge Institute at the Addenbrookes Biomedical Campus.

1988-1991 - PhD (Enzyme Chemistry), University of Cambridge Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
1985-1988 - BA (Hons) Natural Sciences First Class, University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College)

Professional History
2010-  -  Senior Group Leader at the CRUK Cambridge Institute
2008-  - Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Cambridge
2007-2008 - Professor of Chemical Biology at University of Cambridge
2003-2007  - University Reader in Chemical Biology at University of Cambridge
1998-2003  - University Lecturer at University of Cambridge
1994-  - Fellow and College Lecturer at Trinity College Cambridge
1994-1998 - Royal Society University Research Fellow at University of Cambridge
1991-1993 - SERC/NATO Research Fellow at Pennsylvannia State University USA

2017 - ABRF Award for Outstanding Contribution to Biomolecular Technologies
2017 - Knight Batchelor 2017
2016 - Honorary Doctorate University of Glasgow
2015 - Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Medal
2014 - Honorary Doctorate University of Liverpool
2014 - Biochemical Society Heatley Medal and Prize
2013 - Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic and Biomedicinal Chemistry
2012 - Elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
2012 - Elected member of EMBO
2011 - Elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
2010 - BBSRC Innovator of the Year
2010 - BBSRC Commercial Innovator of the Year
2009 - Royal Society Mullard Award
2006/7 - The Howard Lectureship (Sydney Chemical Society Australia)
2004 - BBSRC Senior Research Fellowship
2002 - Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry
1998 - Vernalis Fellowship
1998 - Glaxo-Wellcome Award for Innovative Organic Chemistry
1994 - Royal Society University Research Fellowship

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