Kevin B Nolan, PhD, DSc (NUI), FRSC, Professor of Chemistry and Head of the RCSI School of Postgraduate Studies. He graduated from University College Galway with BSc (1969) and PhD (1972) degrees in Chemistry. Following a post-doctoral fellowship and then a lectureship at the University of Stirling (1972-74), he held lectureships at University College London (1974-75) and the University of Surrey (1975-87) which included a year as Visiting Professor at the University of California, San Diego (1981-82). He was Vice-dean of the RCSI Medical Faculty and Chairman of the Research Committee (1997-2002). He is author of 102 peer-reviewed publications, was co-editor of Perspectives in Bioinorganic Chemistry (JAI Press) and chapter contributor to Royal Society of Chemistry Specialist Periodical Reports (Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins) and to Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry (Pergamon, 1987). His research interests are in bioinorganic, bioorganic and medicinal chemistry and specifically in the design and synthesis of hydroxamic acids as enzyme inhibitors and as structurally diverse bioligands. He has supervised 19 PhD and 5 MSc (by research) graduates. He was awarded an NUI DSc degree in 2004 for research in bioinorganic chemistry. He was chairman of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Ireland Section (2003-2006), was on the Management Committees of several EU programmes (1996-2010) and was co-founder and is current Chairman of the Irish Institute for Metal- based drugs.