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 £110M 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 is recipient of the Biochemical Society Colworth Medal, the RSC Charmian Medal, the RSC Rita and John Cornforth Award, the RSC Interdisciplinary Prize and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He heads a group of ca 50 researchers supported by major external income (total current funding as PI and CoI ca £45M).

He has published ca 430 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. He is Principal Investigator and Director of the BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre 'SYNBIOCHEM' at Manchester. He is also Principal Investigator and Director of the EPSRC/BBSRC Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub and is a Founding Director of the company C3 BIOTECH Ltd. He has served on several national steering groups, advisory boards and governing bodies.

He is Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) and Cardiff University (UK), and Adjunct Professor at VISTEC (Thailand) and Beijing University of Chemical Technology (China).

Nigel’s group of ca 50 researchers is noted internationally for its contributions to catalysis science, especially in the fields of quantum biology (especially QM tunnelling), dynamics and biocatalysis, mechanistic and synthetic biology. His work is interdisciplinary at the interfaces of chemistry, biology and physics, supported by a genuinely world-leading infrastructure for biophysical chemistry and synthetic biology that he has established in MIB.