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Dr John Sulston to receive Alumni Medal

Image of Alumni Medal courtesy Department of Chemistry Photography

The Department of Chemistry is delighted to announce that it has selected Dr John Sulston to receive the departmental Alumni Medal.

The medal is awarded to an alumnus or alumna “for service to the community that has brought honour to the University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry” and will be presented in a ceremony on Thursday 19 October in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre, starting at 2:30pm.

Sir John, who prefers to be known as John, received his PhD in organic chemistry at Cambridge in 1966 under the supervision of Professor Colin Reese.  With Sydney Brenner and Bob Horvitz, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2002 for cell lineage research in the nematode that gave access to genetic regulation of organ development.  

In parallel, John and Bob Waterston worked on the nematode genome, and were the first to sequence an animal genome.  John became founding Director of the Sanger Institute in 1992 and from there led UK research in the Human Genome Project.

Speakers at the ceremony will include Emeritus Professor Ian Fleming, who taught John when he was an undergraduate at Pembroke College, and Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman, who will describe their conception and development of next generation Solexa sequencing as a legacy of the Human Genome Project led in the UK by John.

John Sulston is the second recipient of the Alumni Medal.  The first was Dr Yusuf Hamied in 2016.

All are welcome at the ceremony and lectures. Entrance is through the front lobby of the Department of Chemistry building on Lensfield Road.

Image of Sir John Sulston courtesy Department of Chemistry Photography