Professor Michael A.J. Ferguson CBE, FRS, FRSE FMedSci
Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
School of Life Sciences
University of Dundee
Mike Ferguson obtained a BSc in Biochemistry at The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (1979) and a PhD in Biochemistry (1982) at London University. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rockefeller University, New York, with George Cross, FRS (1982-1985) and at Oxford University with Raymond Dwek, FRS (1985-1988). He took up a lectureship at The University of Dundee in 1988 and was promoted to a personal chair in Molecular Parasitology in 1994.
Mike has published over 250 peer reviewed research papers and given numerous invited lectures at Scientific Meetings around the world. He is known for solving the first structures of glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) membrane anchors, which play important roles throughout eukaryotic biology.
His research takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the biochemistry of protozoan parasites that cause tropical diseases, particularly the trypanosomatids that cause human African Sleeping Sickness, Chagas' disease and leishmaniasis. He believes in the fundamental importance of working across the Biology / Chemistry interface and he has published extensively in this area. He is particularly interested in Translational Research and, together with his colleagues, was instrumental in establishing the new Drug Discovery Unit at the University of Dundee. He is also co-Director of the successful Dundee Proteomics Facility.
Mike was Dean of Research for Life Sciences from 2007-2014 and continues to play a role in Research Strategy. He led the construction of, and directs, the Discovery Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research, which opened in 2014. He is also Deputy Chair for The Wellcome Trust and on the Board of Directors of the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV).
Honours & Awards
1986-88 ~ Junior Research Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford.
1991 ~ Colworth Medal (Annual award made by the Biochemical Society to "The most promising young biochemist" (under 35)).
1993-98 ~ Howard Hughes International Research Scholarship
1994 ~ Elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
1996 ~ Makdougall Brisbane Prize of the The Royal Society of Edinburgh for "particular distinction in the promotion of scientific research".
1999 ~ International Glycoconjugate Organisation (IGO) Award. A biennial award made to "a scientist who has clearly advanced the field of glycoscience and shows promise of continuing advancements".
1999 ~ Elected a member of The European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).
2000 ~ Elected a Fellow of The Royal Society (London).
2006 ~ Awarded the C.A. Wright Medal of the British Society for Parasitology.
2007 ~ Elected a Fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences
2008 ~ Commander of the Order of The British Empire (CBE) for services to science.
2012 ~ Appointed a member of the Board of Governors of The Wellcome Trust
2013 ~ Appointed the first Regius Professor of Life Sciences, University of Dundee
2013 ~ Awarded a Royal Medal of The Royal Society of Edinburgh
2016 ~ Awarded the ASBMB Alice and C.C. Wang Award for Molecular Parasitology