I am Professor of nucleic acid chemistry at Oxford University and my position is jointly funded by the Departments of Chemistry and Oncology. My research centres on Nucleic acid chemistry and structure, DNA sequence recognition and the applications of nucleic acids in nanotechnology, biology, diagnostics and medicine. I have published around 350 scientific papers and supervised over 40 graduate students and 40 postdoctoral researchers. I have received several awards including the Royal Society of Edinburgh MakDougall-Brisbane prize for research, the Royal Society of Edinburgh Caledonian Research Fellowship, a Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship, the Royal Society of Chemistry Josef Loschmidt prize, the Royal Society of Chemistry award for nucleic acids chemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry prize for Interdisciplinary research. I have served on several EPSRC and BBSRC panels and I am President of the Chemistry Biology Interface Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry. I am co-founder of three successful Biotech companies (Oswel, ATDBio, Primer Design) and I am the inventor on several patents. I was 2014 Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. I am co-Chair of the EUCHEMS congress in Liverpool UK in 2018.