Award Season

It was a real surprise to receive news of winning two awards while I was traveling in Texas! Thanks to David Horn for nominating me for the 2023 Royal Society of Edinburgh Dame Anne McLaren Medal.

A few years ago the Royal Society of Edinburgh updated the names of their awards to be more inclusive and represent more diversity in science. It’s really an honour to receive an award named for such an amazing women scientist.

Although the award was announced in April, it will be presented in November 2023 at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. I look forward to it!

You can read about it in the Royal Society of Edinburgh quarterly magazine HERE.

And thanks to David Horn, Ian Gilbert, and Mike Ferguson for nominating me for the Biochemical Society Early Career Research Award for 2024.

As part of this award, I’m invited to attend a Biochemical Society Meeting and give a presentation about my work. I will also be mentored by an editor of one of the journals published by the Biochemical Society. This will be a fantastic experience for me as I’m nearing the end of my fellowship and the lab is starting to write up all of our recent findings.

It’s also a thrill to receive this award alongside other members of the division.

Professor Sir Mike Ferguson will give the Biochemical Society Morton Lecture and the DDU’s Kinetoplastid portfolio won the Biochemical Society’s Industry & Academic Collaboration Award.

Susan Wyllie was also awarded the British Society for Parasitology’s CA Wright Memorial Medal for outstanding career contributions to parasitology.

It has been such a honor to get scientific and career mentoring from Mike, and to learn about drug discovery from Manu and his team. Susan has been a great collaborator and I’ve learned a lot about science, leadership, and paper writing from her. Dundee has provided a lot of support and opportunities for myself and my team and I think these awards really reflect that.

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