Professor Dwek is a Fellow of the Royal Society, London, and served as Director of the Glycobiology Institute at the University of Oxford from 1988 to 2021. He also served as Professor of Glycobiology at the University of Oxford from 1988 through 2009, and currently serves as Professor Emeritus. He was President of the Institute of Biology (a professional organization) from 2008 through 2010.
From 2000 to 2006, Professor Dwek served as head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. Professor Dwek has been serving in various positions at the University of Oxford since 1966. In 1988, Professor Dwek was the scientific founder of Oxford GlycoSciences PLC, which was publicly-traded on the London Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, and he served as a member of its board of directors until its sale in 2003. He was the 2007 Kluge Chair of Technology and Society at the U.S. Library of Congress.
Professor Dwek is the founder of glycobiology, the study of the structure, biosynthesis, and biology of sugar chains attached to proteins. Professor Dwek studied Chemistry at Manchester University. After completing his M.Sc., he pursued a DPhil in Chemistry. He holds a D.Sc and M.A from Oxford University. He has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), and a Honorary Fellow Royal Institute of Physicians (Hon FRCP) and awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) honour. He has been awarded honorary degrees from numerous universities worldwide.
Professor Dwek has extensive scientific experience as both the head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, one of the world’s largest biochemistry departments, and as a biotechnology innovator at organizations such as the Glycobiology Institute and Oxford GlycoSciences PLC. In evaluating existing and potential new programs, our Board benefits from his scientific insight and experience in pharmaceutical research and development.