Dr David Grainger, Reader in Molecular Microbiology in the School of Biosciences, has been awarded the Biochemical Society Colworth Medal in recognition of his research relating to the control of bacterial gene expression by factors that act on a genome-wide scale. David is a molecular microbiologist who has made an internationally recognized contribution to the understanding of the control of bacterial gene transcription and chromosome organisation.


The Colworth Medal is a prestigious annual award for outstanding research by a young biochemist of any nationality who has carried out the majority of their work in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Donated in 1963 by Unilever Research Colworth Laboratory, the award is made to a scientist who is within 10 years of PhD completion, at the time of the awards nomination. Dave was presented with the award after delivering a keynote lecture at the Biochemical Society Machines on Genes Meeting