Professor Guy Tear
Head, Department of Biochemistry
‘I studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University where I specialised in Molecular Biology topics within the Zoology Department. I remained at Cambridge for my PhD joining the Genetics Department where I investigating the genetic control of early development of the embryo.
After completion of my studies I moved to the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral scientist to train in the techniques needed to examine how the nervous system forms. I participated in the discovery and characterisation of some of the first molecules which direct nerve cell growth during the ‘wiring up’ of the nervous system. These molecules are continuing to be investigated for their potential role to allow the repair of central nervous system injury or disease.
In 1995 I returned to the UK when I joined the Biochemistry Department at Imperial College as an MRC Senior Research Fellow. In 1999 I was recruited to Kings to join the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology and was promoted to Professor in 2004. I took over the headship of the Department of Biochemistry in 2007. I teach students from all three years giving tutorials, lectures and running practicals. Each year I welcome one or two students to follow a research project within my group.’