10 November 2017Biotechnology

LSIPR 50 2017: Paul Nurse

Name: Paul Nurse

Organisation: Francis Crick Institute

Position: Director

Nobel Prize-winning biologist Paul Nurse has been nominated again this year for his devotion to fighting cancer. Along with Tim Hunt, his long-time collaborator, Nurse was recognised for his discovery of certain molecules that regulate the development of cells. The rapid development of cells can result in the expansion of defective chromosomes found in cancerous cells.

This year we highlight Nurse, director of the Francis Crick Institute, following the opening of its new home in London. The Crick is the biggest biomedical research institute in the world, employing 1,250 scientists with an annual budget of more than £100 million ($122 million). The centre has attracted mathematicians, chemists, physicists and biologists from all over the world.

Nurse explained in an interview with the Royal Society of Biology that the concept of the Crick is to have an institute that potentially covers “all diseases”. He added that because of its large size, the institute has the ability to recruit based on “the quality of people”.

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