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05th May 2017

Dame Carol Robinson elected foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences

Professor in Chemistry Dame Carol Robinson has been elected a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honours in science.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine produce ground-breaking research that helps to shape the policy agenda, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of scientific excellence. The NAS induction recognises leaders in their field for their consistent, exemplary achievements in original research. Dame Carol is one of only 21 foreign associates to be honoured this year, alongside 84 American laureates.

Dame Carol is one of Oxford University’s best-known scientists, leading on a number of ongoing pioneering research projects, including her work looking at the 3D structure of proteins. Recent studies have also informed understanding of human behaviour and dietary choices. Specifically, shedding light on why some people suffer from addictive tendencies, and in another, why our bodies respond differently to dietary sugars. In addition to her research she plays a pivotal role in the University’s community outreach, with her work supporting the general public and children to better engage with science.

Professor Donal Bradley, Head of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division at Oxford University, said: “Carol’s research leadership at Oxford has contributed significantly to the growth of our strength in science and is key to shaping an exciting future for cell biology here. Her work using mass spectrometry as an analytical tool to understand cellular proteins is pioneering. Dame Carol’s induction to the US National Academy is both fantastic news and thoroughly deserved.”

Amongst Dame Carol’s many other accolades and achievements are receiving a L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science, the Rosalind Franklin and Davy medals of the Royal Society and membership of the Council of the Royal Society.
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