Keith Wilson has been Professor of Chemistry at the University of York since 1995 and Head of the York Structural Biology Laboratory since 2002. He studied for his degree at Oriel College, Oxford and gained his DPhil with research undertaken in the Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics at Oxford under Professor Louis Johnson. He continued at Oxford in various roles in the Laboratory and as Junior Research Fellow of Linacre College. He then worked as Senior Scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Genetics in Berlin between 1981 and 1983 with work that led to the first structure of an intact ribosomal protein, followed by two years as a lecturer in Physics in York. He returned to Germany as Head of Protein Crystallography and Head of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Outstation in Hamburg between 1985 and 1997 during which time he pioneered the development of modern synchrotron data collection and its use for atomic resolution crystallography. His research in York focuses on the relation between structure and function in biologically active macromolecules using protein crystallography. His current interests include: methods development for structural biology; structure, function and mechanisms of enzymes; and structural insight into iron uptake mechanisms.
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