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Professor Chris Abell is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, and Professor of Biological Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. A biological chemist, he was an undergraduate and graduate at Cambridge, before doing postdoctoral research at Brown University. Today he leads two research teams in the Department of Chemistry pioneering the use of fragment-based approaches in drug discovery, and developing microdroplets as an experimental platform. He is a cofounder of Astex (1999), Sphere Fluidics (2010) and Aqdot (2013), and was a founding director of Cambridge Enterprise.  From 2013-2015 he was the first Director of Postdoctoral Affairs at the University. Professor Abell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Academy of Medical Sciences.