Professor goes from head girl to head of department

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A scientist from Northamptonshire who was a former head girl at Weavers School in Wellingborough and who works at the University of Leicester has won a prestigious award for outstanding achievement and potential in her field.

Professor Emma Raven, from the University of Leicester Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

Professor Raven said: “I was lucky to be given the chance to study Chemistry at the University of Leicester after I left Weavers School, and I could never have imagined that years later I would end up as a Professor and Head of Chemistry in that same department.”

The scheme, which is jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Royal Society, provides universities with additional support to enable them to recruit or retain respected scientists of outstanding achievement.

Professor Raven’s research is focussed on the heme proteins and their biological roles.

She added: “It is a real honour to be given this award, and I am so grateful to the Royal Society for their support.”

Professor Raven is deputy-director of the Leicester Institute of Structural and Chemical Biology, which was created in 2016 with the aim of bringing together the University of Leicester’s established strengths in structural biology, chemical biology and single-molecule research.

Professor Andrew Ellis, head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Leicester, said: “The department is delighted that Emma has received this extremely prestigious award.”