Professor Sir Edwin Southern — Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor

Professor Sir Ed SouthernProfessor Edwin Southern moved to Oxford in 1985 to take up the post of the Whitley Professorship of Biochemistry and in 1988 introduced methods of analysis using oligonucleotide arrays or 'DNA Chips'. He founded Oxford Gene Technology in 1995 to commercialise his work in the areas of DNA Microarrays. Ed retains a position at Oxford University as Professor of Biochemistry Emeritus.

Professor Southern has received many scientific honours and in June 2003 he received a knighthood for services to the development of DNA technology. In September 2005 Ed was awarded the Albert Lasker Award in Clinical Medical Research for the development of Southern blotting.

Professor Southern founded a charity The Kirkhouse Trust to promote education and research in the Natural Sciences. In addition the Edina Trust was founded to promote science in schools. These charities are financed using royalty income from licensing microarray technology.

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