Doctor John Gurdon is a British development biologist. He graduated in Zoology and earned his PhD from the Oxford University. After that, he received a postdoctoral fellowship to conduct research at the California Institute of Technology and then returned to Oxford in 1962. From 1971, he has developed his research career for many years at the University of Cambridge. At first, he worked at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and then at the Department of Zoology.
He was a founding member of Wellcome/CRC Institute for Cell Biology and Cancer and was its Chair until 2001. In 2004 it was renamed after him as Gurdon Institute.
Dr. Gurdon received several awards and honorary degrees. Besides sharing the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Shinya Yamanaka, Dr. Gurdon won the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Prize in 2009 for his innovative and pioneering work. As if that wasn’t enough, he was also awarded the Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 1985 and the Copley Medal of the Royal Society in 2003.
He was made a fellow of the Royal Society in 1971 and was knighted in 1995.
His work concerning “the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent" that lead to him being a Nobel Laureate is extremely noteworthy. Stay with us and let yourself be inspired by Dr. Gurdon’s lecture!