• Prof.Athel Cornish-Bowden
  • Prof.Athel Cornish-Bowden
  • National Centre for Scientifique Research (CNRS), France
  • Biography: Athel Cornish-Bowden was an undergraduate and graduate at Oxford, and obtained his doctorate with Jeremy R. Knowles in 1967. After three post-doctoral years in the laboratory of Daniel E. Koshland, Jr., at the University of California, Berkeley, he spent 16 years at the University of Birmingham, England, first as Lecturer and then as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry. From 1987 to 2009 he was Directeur de Recherche in three different laboratories of the CNRS in Marseilles, and from 2009 until the present he has been Directeur de Recherche émérite. Despite starting his career in a department of organic chemistry, he has done virtually all of his research in biochemistry, with particular reference to enzymes, including pepsin, mammalian hexokinases, and enzymes involved in electron transport in bacteria. He has written several books related to enzyme kinetics, including Analysis of Enzyme Kinetic Data (Oxford University Press, 2004) and Fundamentals of Enzyme Kinetics (4th edition just published by Wiley-VCH, 2012). Since moving to Marseilles he has been particularly interested in multi-enzyme systems, including the regulation of metabolic pathways. At present his major interest is in the definition of life and the capacity of living organisms for self-organization, but he continues to be involved with computer modelling of metabolic pathways. In addition to his principal areas of research he has long had an interest in biochemical aspects of evolution, and his semi-popular book in this field, The Pursuit of Perfection (Oxford University Press, 2004), has served in the past two years as the foundation for graduate courses in Belgium and Chile. In 1983 he visited China (Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing) as the guest of the Academia Sinica, under the auspices of the late Professor Tsou Chen-Lu (邹承鲁教授). In total he has published more than 200 research papers in refereed journals, together with numerous invited chapters in books. More information about his research and publications may be found at http://bip.cnrs-mrs.fr/bip10/homepage.htm.
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