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Name  Jim Naismith

Jim Naismith
Born  James Henderson Naismith July 26, 1968 (age 47) Bellshill (1968-07-26)
Fields  Enzymology Chemical Biology Biochemistry Structural Biology
Institutions  University of St Andrews UT Southwestern
Alma mater  University of Edinburgh (BSc) University of Manchester (PhD)
Thesis  Structural studies of concanavalin A and zinc aldolase (1992)
Doctoral students  Wassila Boulkeroua Emma Branigan Hexian Huang Thomas Kowatz Hubing Lou Judith Reeks Stefan Schmelz Xuan Yan
Notable awards  FRS (2014) FRSC (2002) FSB (2009) EMBO member (2009) FRSE (2005) FMedSci (2012)

Jim naismith

James Henderson Naismith (born 26 July 1968) is Professor of Structural Biology at the University of Oxford, Director of the Research Complex at Harwell and co-interim academic lead of the Rosalind Franklin Institute. He was formerly Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Chemical Biology at the University of St Andrews until May 2017.



Naismith was educated at Hamilton Grammar School. He went on to study at the University of Edinburgh where he was awarded a first class Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1989. He won a Carnegie Scholarship to work under the supervision of Bill Hunter, John Helliwell and David Garner at the University of Manchester where he was awarded a PhD in 1992 for research into the chemical structure of Concanavalin A and Zinc aldolase. In 2016, he was awarded a DSc from the University of St Andrews for a thesis "Structural and chemical studies upon proteins ".

Career and research

Following his PhD, Naismith did postdoctoral research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as a NATO Fellow in the laboratory of Stephen Sprang. He was appointed a Lecturer at the University of St Andrews in 1995, Reader in 1999 and a Professor in 2001. Naismith's research investigates:

His research has been funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Wellcome Trust and the European Union.

Awards and honours

Naismith was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2014. His nomination reads:

Naismith is also Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci), an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and in 2016 was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His nomination for the Academy of Medical Sciences reads:

Personal life

Naismith is married to Rachel Middleton with whom he has one son and one daughter.


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