Nigel Scrutton

Professor Nigel Scrutton


Nigel is Director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) and is responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of the institute, which comprises 50 leading research groups from across all Faculties and is home to ca £100M of current grant funding and 8 spin out companies.

Nigel received a first class degree in Biochemistry and was awarded the Robson prize from the University of London, King's College (1985). He gained his PhD (1988) as a Benefactors' Scholar (St John's College) and his ScD (2003) from the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge he was awarded the Henry Humphreys research prize (1989), held a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship (1988-91), a St John's College Research Fellowship (1989-92) and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (1991-1999). He also held a Fellowship and was Director of Studies for Biology at Churchill College, University of Cambridge (1992-95). In 1995 he moved to the University of Leicester as Royal Society University Research Fellow, where he later became Lister Institute Research Professor of Biochemistry (1999-2004) and Professor of Biochemistry (1999-2005).

Nigel recently held an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship (2012-2017), is recipient of the Biochemical Society Colworth Medal, the RSC Charmian Medal, the RSC Rita and John Cornforth Award and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He has served on several national steering groups, advisory boards and governing bodies and heads a group of ~40 researchers supported by significant external income (ca £34M). He has published ca 420 scientific papers, holds several patents, and has edited 3 volumes on enzyme chemistry, quantum biology, biocatalysis, synthetic biology and bioengineering. He has held contiguous externally funded research fellowships for 29 years (1988-2017), including an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship, BBSRC Professorial Fellowship, Lister Institute Fellowship, Royal Society University Research Fellowship, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship, and a Research Fellowship of St John's College at the University of Cambridge. Nigel is Principal Investigator and Director of the BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre 'SYNBIOCHEM' at Manchester. He is also Principal Investigator/Director of a Marie Curie IDP 'MAGIC' programme responsible for the training of 12 early stage researchers at Manchester and a Director of the MIB spin out company C3 Biotechnologies Ltd.