Tim Hunt studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and went on to do research in the department of Biochemistry. During one of his regular summer stays at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, he discovered a protein which was synthesized following fertizaltion of sea urchin eggs and then disappeared at every round of cell division.
For the discovery of cyclins and their role in the regulation of the eukaryotic cell cycle, Tim Hunt shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Leland Hartwell and Paul Nurse.
He is now based in Okinawa, Japan, where his wife Mary Collins serves as Provost of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST). Tim is a keen cook with a particular interest in the cuisines of Japan and of Southern France.