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BLACKBURN, Prof Jonathan - Position presently held
South African Research Chair in Applied Proteomics & Chemical Biology, University of Cape Town (2008-); Head, African Network for Drugs & Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) Centre of Excellence in Proteomics & Genomics, University of Cape Town (2011-)

Main areas of research/expertise
Enzymology; molecular biology; in vitro evolution; proteomics; protein arrays; protein-drug interactions; biomarker discovery & validation; biosensors

Biosketch
Prof Blackburn was previously an academic in the Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge University (1995-2003) and an EPSRC Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Manchester (2004-2008). He held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (1995-2003) and was also a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (1992-2003). He was founder and Research Director of the Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research in Cape Town (2006-2008), was the academic founder and Chief Scientific Officer of a UK biotechnology company, Sense Proteomic Ltd (1999-2002), and was Chief Scientist of Procognia Ltd, UK (2003-2006). He obtained his D.Phil degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof Sir Jack Baldwin, FRS, and carried out post-doctoral research at the Medical Research Council (UK) with Prof Sir Alan Fersht FRS. Prof Blackburn serves on a number of national and international committees, including the National Health Research Committee and the Council of the Human Proteome Organisation (HUPO). He sits on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Proteome Research, Journal of Proteome Science & Computational Biology, and Expert Review of Proteomics.