Cambridge CARES was very sad to hear that Professor Chris Abell, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at University of Cambridge and member of our Governing Board, has passed away.

Chris had been a key member of the CARES leadership team since he was appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 2016. He was very supportive of CARES’ work and the Centre benefitted greatly from his involvement.

Chris, a Professor of Biological Chemistry and a Fellow at Christ’s College, was also a successful entrepreneur, a founding director of Cambridge Enterprise, and the University’s first Director of Postdoctoral Affairs. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016. He also founded several companies based on his research in fragment-based drug discovery and microfluidic microdroplets.

Professor Markus Kraft, CARES Director, said: “Chris played an essential role as a CARES board member and has been a vivid supporter of our programme here in Singapore. We benefited so much from him as a colleague but also have very good personal memories of his visits to Singapore. One particularly happy day for us with him was exploring Singapore’s wildlife in one of the many nature reserves. We shall keep this in our memory and we are glad that we could share this wonderful day with him. He will be greatly missed.”


The University has opened an online condolence book which may be found here: and a short article on Chris’ many achievements and contributions to our Cambridge community may be found here:

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