UCL Antimicrobial Resistance

Prof Gabriel Waksman

Prof Gabriel Waksman

S A Courtauld Chair of Biochemistry (and Professor of Structural Biology)

Structural & Molecular Biology

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2001

Research summary


University of Paris
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1982
University of Paris
Other higher degree, Diplome d'etudes approfondies | 1980
University of Paris
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1979


Gabriel Waksman obtained his PhD in 1982 from the University of Paris. After a short spell in industry and a postdoctoral training at the Rockefeller University in New York, he joined the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine (St Louis, USA) in 1993. In 2000, he became the Alumni Endowed Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and in 2002 was appointed the first Roy and Diana Vagelos Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. In 2003, he moved to London (UK) to take up the Joint Chair of Structural Molecular Biology at University College London and Birkbeck College London. The same year, he was awarded a Wolfson-Royal Society Merit Award and was appointed the Head of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology at UCL/Birkbeck. In 2006, he was appointed to the Courtauld Chair in Biochemistry at UCL, became Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (now Research Department of Structural and Molecular Biology) at UCL and was appointed Head of the School of Crystallography (now Department of Biological Sciences) at Birkbeck. He was elected to EMBO in 2007 and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012. He maintains an active research programme in the Structural Biology of Bacterial Secretion Systems funded by a senior investigator award from the Wellcome Trust, an Advanced ERC grant and a programme grant from MRC.