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Professor Kenneth Dawson


Kenneth Dawson

Full Professor Of Physical Chemistry, Director Of Academic Centre - Centre For Bionano Interactions (Cbni)
School of Chemistry
01 716 2459
University College Dublin, School of Chemistry, Science Centre - South Belfield Dublin 4


Prof Kenneth A. Dawson is recognized as a leading thinker on the principles governing the interactions of nanoscale entities with living organisms, and implications for bionanoscience. He is the founder of the modern conception of the ‘protein (biomolecular) corona’ responsible for the biological identity of engineered nanoparticles. Prof Dawson established the Centre for BioNano Interactions at UCD in 2007 and has been acting as the Director since. He is the Chair of Physical Chemistry at the School of Chemistry, UCD. Prof Dawson has been a Member of European Commission scientific committees including the SCENIHR committee on regulations for new risk in EU, the European Medicines Agency, and the European Science Foundation, as well as other foundations and agencies worldwide. He is on editorial boards of Scientific Reports - Nature Research, Journal of Nanoparticle Research and ACS Applied Bio Materials.


  • Director
    University College Dublin, Centre for BioNano Interactions, Ireland2007
  • Head
    University College Dublin, Department of Chemistry, Ireland1993 - 1996
  • Chair of Physical Chemistry
    University College Dublin, Ireland1992
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    University of California, Berkeley, United States1989 - 1992
  • Adjunct Professor of Biophysics
    University of California, Berkeley, United States1989 - 1992
  • Strategic User of the National Supercomputer Centre
    Cornell University, United States1987 - 1990
  • Materials Science Centre Postdoctoral Fellow
    Cornell University, United States1985 - 1988
  • New Blood Lecturer
    University of Leeds, Chemistry, United Kingdom1986 - 1987
  • Visiting Lecturer
    University of Ulm, West Germany, Theoretical Chemistry, Germany1984 - 1984
  • Tutor in Mathematical Methods
    University College, Oxford, Mathematical Method, United Kingdom1983 - 1985
  • Junior Dean
    University College, Oxford, United Kingdom1983 - 1984
  • Research Visitor
    Institute Haute Etudes Scientifique, France1983 - 1983
  • Teaching Assistant
    The Queen's University of Belfast, Mathematics, United Kingdom1980 - 1981


  • Lindemann Fellow
    The Queen's University of Belfast1985 - 1986
  • Associate Fellow in Atomic and Solid State Physics
    The Queen's University of Belfast1986 - 1988


  • BSc
    Queen's University of Belfast
  • MSc
    Queen's University of Belfast
  • DPhil
    Oxford University UK


  • French
    Can speak and understand