Professor Bradley

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Principal Investigator - Professor Mark Bradley
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Curriculum Vitae - Professor Mark Bradley FRSE, FRSC


Mark Bradley is Professor of Chemical Biology in the School of Chemistry at The University of Edinburgh and holds an Honouree Professorship at the Queens Medical Research Institute with laboratories based in both locations

After gaining a First class Honours B. Sc. Degree in Chemistry with Distinction in Biochemistry, he carried out a D. Phil under the supervision of Professor Sir J. E. Baldwin FRS – both at the University of Oxford. On gaining both a Lindemann Trust and SERC/NATO Postdoctoral Fellowships, he continued with postdoctoral work under Professor C. T. Walsh at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA (1989-1991) before moving to the University of Southampton as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. In 1997 at the age of 34 he was awarded a Professorship in Combinatorial Chemistry where he founded the Combinatorial Centre of Excellence. He continued to direct this Centre until moving to Edinburgh in 2005 where he took up his current position as Professor of Chemical Biology. Since this time his work has become much more focused on the application of chemistry to solving medical problems (chemical medicine) which has resulted, for example in the extensive collaboration between the groups of Bradley, Dhaliwal and Haslett in the area of “smart-probes” for clinical and pre-clinical imaging. More than 60 PhD students have emerged from the Bradley group and overall the group has published more than 20 patents and 300 articles in the form of papers, reviews and book chapters.

Over the past 10 years, Mark has been invited to speak at over 250 lectures, meetings and conferences. As well as academic lectures, Mark also gives public service and educational lectures. In addition, Mark has been the main organiser and on the organising committee of several international conferences.

Of the many prizes and awards Mark has won, the most recent include:

  • 2015 - Awarded the Tilden Prize by the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2012 - Awarded an Honouree Professorship by Changzhou University, China
  • 2011 - Honoured with the Chancellors Award (the highest research award of the University of Edinburgh)
  • 2010 - Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2009 - SCS Award of the Society of Combinatorial Sciences. Awarded for the most significant scientific and technological advancement in the field of combinatorial sciences over the past 4 years.
  • 2008 - Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
            - Elected to the Fellowship of Scotland’s National Academy of Sciences and Letters
  • 2008 - Merck Frosst Lecturer at the Chemistry Department, University of Waterloo,Ontario, Canada. The Merck Lecture is sponsored by Merck Frosst (Montreal) with lectures at the company site in addition to the Chemistry Department at the University of Waterloo.
  • 2007 - Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award. “This award was created to honour individuals for outstanding contributions in natural product synthesis and the development of synthetic methodology. The focus of the lectures is on synthetic organic chemistry to enhance the exposure of the Navartis chemical community to cutting edge chemistry”. The lectures are given at carious Novartis research sites around the world throughout a selected year
  • 2006 - Netherlands Science Foundation, Sigma-Aldrich Lectureship, Netherlands
  • 2004 - Leo-Lectureship of Leo Pharma/TU Denmark
  • 2003 - Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, Van’t Hoff lectureship prize