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Major National Award for University of Leicester Chemist

Professor Emma Raven of the Department of Chemistry.

Major National Award for University of Leicester Chemist

Professor Emma Raven receives the prestigious 2008 Royal Society of Chemistry’s Industrial Award for Reaction Kinetics and Mechanism.

One of the University’s leading biological chemists has received a prestigious national award from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor Emma Raven from the Department of Chemistry has been awarded the 2008 Royal Society of Chemistry’s Industrial Award for Reaction Kinetics and Mechanism for her major contribution in the field of understanding the mechanisms of metalloenzymes. Members of this large class of enzymes are involved in many important biological reactions ranging from antibacterial action to providing living systems with protection from hydrogen peroxide.

The citation highlighted her interdisciplinary, mechanistic approach to unraveling the relationships between structure, function and mechanism in heme proteins, particularly through her work on ascorbate peroxidase and more recently heme dioxygenases.

Professor Raven was appointed to a lectureship in Leicester in 1995 and was promoted to Reader in 2005 and finally to a chair in Biological Chemistry in 2006. She serves on a number of important national committees including the RSC Chemical Biology Forum and the BBSRC Biochemistry and Cell Biology Funding Committee. To date she has received a number of awards and academic distinctions including an Award for Excellence from Institute of Applied Catalysis, a Wellcome Trust Fellowship, a Research Fellowship from Leverhulme Trust, a BBSRC Industry Interchange Fellowship and the RSC Industrially-Sponsored Award in Inorganic Biochemistry.

Professor Gordon Roberts, Chair of the Centre for Chemical Biology, said "This is a fantastic achievement, and it is a pleasure to see that the high quality work undertaken by Emma at Leicester has been recognised with this award".

Professor Raven added: "I am absolutely delighted to receive this award on behalf of all the talented people that have been through the group and who have done all the work!"

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