Prof Robert Field

Professor of Chemistry

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Rob Field is a University of East Anglia graduate (1986), where he was also awarded a PhD (1989; Dr Alan Haines) for work in carbohydrate chemistry. He went on to postdoctoral work at the University of Oxford (1989–91; Professor Sir Jack Baldwin) on the penicillin biotechnology program, followed by a period with the parasite biological chemistry team at the University of Dundee (1992–94; Professor Sir Mike Ferguson and Professor Steve Homans). He was subsequently appointed to a faculty position in Chemistry at the University of St Andrews (1994), where he was promoted through the ranks to full Professor (1999). He returned to Norwich, initially at University of East Anglia (2001-06) and latterly at the BBSRC-supported John Innes Centre (2007-19), where he applied his expertise in the chemistry of  biological systems to questions relating to the structure, metabolism and dietary potential of important plant polysaccharides, such as starch. Rob is currently President of the Chemistry-Biology Interface Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Founder and CEO of spin-out company Iceni Diagnostics. With experience spanning the physical sciences, biology and medicine, in both academia and industry, Rob joined the University for Manchester in January 2020 to lead the next phase of development of MIB, embracing academics drivers, commercial opportunities and global societal needs.   

Areas of expertise


  • Carbohydrates and Natural Products; Agrochemicals and Therapeutics; Analytics and Diagnostics

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