Our alumni

Our alumni are dotted around the world, and live and work in countries from Australia to Zambia. Amongst our alumni are three Nobel Prize winners, noted for their work in DNA, X-rays and antibodies.

Are you one of our Alumni? We’d love to hear from you!

We are always interested to hear from our Alumni and where they are and what they are up to. We work with the University Alumni Relations Office to keep you up to date with what is going on in Liverpool and we would be happy to support you with arranging reunions and events.

Fancy coming over to meet people or getting people together in your area? Just get in touch with Louise Colley.

Endowments to IIB

IIB are delighted to be in receipt of a number of endowments, the Michael Pugh Thomas Award and the Herbert and Dorothy Catlow Award. Both of these awards combined will provide approximately 20 postgraduate students per year for the next ten years with bursaries of up to £300 to allow them to attend professional meetings and conferences to further their career.

These bursaries can be spent on conference or short course fees, meeting attendance costs, travel and/or accommodation associated with the event.

The Herbert and Dorothy Catlow fund benefits PGRs related specifically to the cause, prevention and treatment of cancer, whilst the Michael Pugh Thomas Award benefits all PGRs working in the life science disciplines. If you are a PGR student and would like to apply for a bursary then please contact Carole Thomas or visit the Endowment Awards web page.

Prominent people – Nobel Prize Winners

The University is associated with nine Nobel Prize winners and three are connected with the history of the Institute.


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    Har Gobind Khorana

    Har Gobind Khorana (January 9, 1922 – November 9, 2011 was a postgraduate student in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Liverpool in 1945-8 funded by a Government of India Fellowship.

    He subsequently won the 1968 Nobel Prize for his work in establishing the triplet code for DNA. He was also the first to synthesise oligonucleotides, which has since become an indispensible tool in modern molecular biology. In 1970 he synthesised the first artificial gene, itself the harbinger of the new field of synthetic biology.

    Charles Glover Barkla

    Charles Glover Barkla (7th June 1877 – 23rd October 1944) was a British physicist, and the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1917 for his work in X-ray spectroscopy and related areas in the study of X-rays (Roentgen rays).

    Barkla studied at the Liverpool Institute and proceeded by Liverpool University with a County Council Scholarship and a Bibby Scholarship. Barkla initially studied Mathematics but later specialised in Physics under Sir Oliver Lodge. During his career, Barkla made significant progress in developing and refining the laws of X-ray scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, the principles governing the transmission of X-rays through matter, and especially the principles of the excitation of secondary X-rays. For his discovery of the characteristic X-rays of elements, Barkla was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1917. He was also awarded the Hughes Medal of the British Royal Society that same year. The IIB have named one of their Laboratories the Barkla lab. The original X-ray tubes used by Barkla are displayed in cabinets adjacent to this lab.

    Rodney Robert Porter

    Rodney Robert Porter (8th October 1917 – 6th September 1985) received his Bachelors of Sciences degree from the University of Liverpool in 1939 for Biochemistry. He moved to the University of Cambridge where he became Fred Sanger's first PhD student.

    He was awarded his doctorate in 1948. In 1972, Porter shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology with Gerald M. Edelman for determining the chemical structure of an antibody. Using the enzyme papain, he broke the blood's immunoglobin into fragments, making them easier to study. He also looked into how the blood's immunoglobins react with cellular surfaces. He subsequently worked with colleagues Kenneth BM Reid, Robert Sim and Duncan Campbell on developing understanding of the Complement Proteins associated with defence against infection.