CNAP Director and Chair in Materials Biology
Simon McQueen-Mason left school at 17, and worked in boat yards in Southern California, before returning to the UK as a professional fisherman, eventually owning his own boat. At 26 he returned to education, obtaining a 1st class honours degree in Biological Sciences from Portsmouth Polytechnic. He received a PhD in Plant Physiology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1993, and returned to the UK to take up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at The University of York in 1994. In 2001 he became Chair of Material Biology in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP), at York, and became CNAP Director in 2014. His research encompasses understanding the biosynthesis and mechanical properties of plant cell walls, understanding and modifying the digestibility of lignocellulosic biomass, and the discovery of enzymes for lignocellulose digestion. He is currently Director of the BBSRC-funded Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network (LBNet).