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21st February 2011

Exeter Fellow receives Women in Science Award

The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) announced this month that Professor Carol Robinson, Fellow in Chemistry at Exeter, is to receive the 2011 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award.

The Award rewards the exceptional achievements of a female researcher in molecular biology over the previous five years, and acknowledges those who are considered role models, inspiring future generations of women in science. Professor Robinson has been recognised for her pioneering work in the development of mass spectrometry as a tool used for investigating the structure and dynamics of protein complexes.

Her research has opened up a new area of mass spectrometry; nominating her for the award, one of her collaborators stated: “she had the courage to do what experts regarded as not feasible and has succeeded in the face of strong scepticism.”

Professor Robinson’s career has been marked by distinction. She became the first female professor of chemistry at Cambridge University in 2001; three years later, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society and was awarded the Royal Society’s Rosalind Franklin Award.

The 2011 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award of 10,000 Euros will be presented to her on 28 June at the 36th FEBS Congress in Italy, where she will present a special lecture.

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