Professor Grahame Hardie, from the School of Life Sciences, has been awarded the prestigious Sir Philip Randle Lecture in recognition of his record of excellence in biochemistry.
The lecture is one of a series of awards presented by the Biochemical Society each year. Professor Hardie will give the lecture at a meeting of the Society in 2023.
Professor Hardie is Professor of Cellular Signalling at the University. His group at Dundee first identified AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) as a central regulator of energy homeostasis in the 1980s. In 2003, Professor Hardie and his colleague, Professor Dario Alessi, established a link between AMPK and cancer for the first time.
AMPK is now known to regulate most aspects of cellular function and is a key target for drugs with potential to treat metabolic disorders and cancer. Professor Hardie was awarded the Rolf Luft Prize for Endocrinology and Metabolism (2008), the Novartis Medal of the Biochemical Society (2010), and the Solomon Berson Distinguished Lecture of the American Physiological Society (2015).
Professor Hardie said, “I am delighted and honoured to be selected to deliver the Sir Philip Randle lecture. I was lucky enough to meet Sir Philip on several occasions. He was a pioneer in the field of metabolic regulation that I entered, and he was one of the few biochemists that I looked up to both metaphorically and literally – I was 6 feet 6, but he was even taller!”