Profile of Dr Nicola Burgess-Brown
Since September 2021, Nicola has been leading the Enzymology and Protein Engineering Team at Exact Sciences Innovation in Oxford, producing proteins for cancer diagnostic research. Before this, she worked at the University of Oxford for 17 years, initially managing the Biotechnology Group at the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) and more recently, as an Associate Professor and Head of the Protein Production Small Research Facility (SRF) in the Centre for Medicines Discovery (CMD). She led a research group experienced in all aspects of biotechnology, molecular biology, protein biochemistry and technology development who supported the other teams providing protein production and mass spectrometry services for internal and external academic and industrial customers. Nicola obtained a First Class degree in Applied Biochemical Sciences from the University of Ulster in 1997, then worked as a molecular biologist for SmithKline Beecham. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Nottingham in 2001 and then moved back to industry to work on high-throughput cloning and validation of therapeutic cancer antigens for Oxford Glycosciences and subsequently Celltech R&D.