Philip Dawson is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Scripps Research in La Jolla, CA and is the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. He received his A.B. (1992) in chemistry from Washington University, and Ph.D. (1996) from Scripps Research under the guidance of Steve Kent. Following postdoctoral work at Caltech, he returned to Scripps as Assistant Professor. He has served as President of the American Peptide Society, the Board of Directors for FASEB and co-chaired the 22nd American Peptide Symposium and the 2016 GRC. He has published over 150 papers, and has been honored with an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellowship, the Vincent du Vigneaud Award, the Max Bergmann Kreis Gold Medal and the Zervas Award.