Professor Bruce Kemp FRS
Bruce Kemp is a biochemist who is a leader in the field of protein kinases — enzymes that control metabolism, growth and the formation of different types of cells. Understanding the normal function of kinases allows us to better understand how and why they go wrong, which is associated with diseases such as cancer.
Bruce elucidated how kinases interact with their targets via small recognition areas, and how kinases are regulated within cells. His research is characterised by simple penetrating ideas on the fundamental mechanism involved in the regulation and function of protein kinases. Bruce’s interests extend to the design of drugs that are set to increase our capacity to exercise and reduce the incidence age-onset diseases.
He has published over 150 papers and received numerous awards, including the Centenary Medal from the Australian Government in 2003, and the Lemberg Medal of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1996.
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