Sir Richard J. Roberts, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, New England Biolabs, Inc., Ipswich, Massachusetts
A 1993 Nobel Laureate, Dr. Roberts is best known for his co-discovery of split genes and mRNA splicing. He uncovered the complexities of mRNA structure and function, highlighting the inherent links between disease onset and complications in gene splicing and intron removal from interrupted genes. In addition to being one of the first researchers to utilize computational biology for genetic studies, Dr. Roberts is also known for his pioneering research involving the discovery, isolation, and characterization of hundreds of restriction enzymes. These enzymes have since become essential, irreplaceable, biological tools utilized daily in cancer research laboratories worldwide.
Dr. Roberts is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees and since 1975 has been instrumental in guiding New England Biolabs. In this role, he is leading the development of computational bioinformatics strategies to assist with the growing need to analyze and interpret large data sets.
2008 Knighted, Queen’s Birthday Honor List2007 The Gabor Medal, Royal Society, London2005 Chief Scientific Officer, New England Biolabs1998 Medicus Magnus of the Polish Academy of Medicine1997 Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences1997 Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology1996 Elected Foreign Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, Pakistan1996 Wei Lun Visiting Professor, Chinese University, Hong Kong1995 Elected Fellow, Royal Society, London1995 Associate Member, EMBO1994 Golden Plate Award, American Academy of Achievement1994 Convocation Award, Sheffield University1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine1979 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow1968 PhD, University of Sheffield