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Andrew Holding

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Nationality  British
Name  Andrew Holding
Role  Medical researcher

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Fields  Chemistry Molecular Biology Cancer Biology
Institutions  University of Cambridge University of Oxford
Thesis  Studies on the biosynthesis of non-ribosomal peptides (2009)
Doctoral advisor  Dr Jonathan B Spencer Dr Finian Leeper
Notable awards  CRUK Rising Star in Research Engagement Prize(2015) 175 Faces of Chemistry British Science Association Media Fellowship (2012) Wellcome Trust People Award (2012)
Alma mater  Whitgift School, Hertford College, Oxford
Institution  University of Cambridge, University of Oxford

Andrew Holding MChem (Oxon), PhD MRSC is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, his current research focus is the genetic drivers of breast cancer. He has previously published research on antibiotic biosynthesis and DNA replication. He is a Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge and heads a research team at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute.


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Andrew Holding Dr Andrew Holding Downing College Cambridge

Andrew Holding was educated at Whitgift School, Croydon and went on to graduate from University of Oxford with a Masters in Chemistry (MChem). In 2005 he moved to Cambridge to study at the University of Cambridge's Department of Chemistry. The work he undertook towards his PhD focused on the biosynsthesis of antibiotics used in the treatment of MRSA and involved both organic chemistry and microbiology. After completing his PhD in 2009 he moved to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology as a Career Development Fellow, where his research focused on the structural analysis of protein complexes using mass spectrometry.

In 2013 he moved to Cancer Research UK's Cambridge Institute to direct the experimental research programme of Florian Markowetz's computational research group.

Andrew has worked with many organisation to promote his interests in science including The Guardian and the BBC, also covering feminism and religion. His 2013 show 'What If... We Were All Cyborgs?' for BBC World Service was selected by Radio 4 as one their "Pick of the Week".

He is a Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge and an Associate Governor of The Vine Inter-Church Primary School.

Awards and honours

In 2012 Andrew Holding was awarded a British Science Association Media Fellowship to work at BBC Horizon.

Andrew Holding was selected as one of 175 faces of Chemistry by the Royal Society of Chemistry for a combination of his research in "fields of science crucial for improving human wellbeing" and his investment of "huge amounts of time and energy in establishing science communication, engagement, and outreach initiatives for scientists and laypeople alike".

In 2015 he received a national "Rising Star" award from Cancer Research UK in recognition of "his outstanding work on raising awareness about research".


Andrew has been married to Kim since 2006, and together they have two daughters aged 3 and 5 called Charlotte and Alessandra.


Andrew Holding Wikipedia

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