Monday 2 July 2012
Harvard fellowship beckons for Nottingham scientist
Professor Carole Perry
An academic at Nottingham Trent University has been awarded a prestigious research fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in the United States. Professor Carole Perry will undertake the year-long fellowship at Harvard’s institute for advanced study from September, where she will continue her work to investigate interactions between biomolecules – or living organisms – and materials.
Professor Perry – Professor of Bioinorganic and Materials Chemistry in Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology – joins a small list of accomplished individuals from across the world invited to be a Radcliffe Institute Fellow. Only five per cent of applicants were accepted onto the highly-competitive programme, to become a fellow for the class of 2012-13.
Professor Perry’s research will focus on identifying ‘rules’ or ‘principles’ that could explain and predict structure and properties for a wide range of biomolecule-mineral systems. The work could play a key role in the design of novel materials and technologies for applications as diverse as biological imaging and biosensors, implant integration, food and drug processing and delivery, and electronic materials.
The research will be carried out in collaboration with scientists from leading US institutions Harvard, Tufts University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Professor Perry said: "I am deeply honoured to have been awarded this fellowship and am looking forward to joining the class of 2012-2013. Our research aims to increase fundamental understanding of the biomolecule-mineral interface. This is absolutely vital, as for all applications what happens at the interface between different materials is key to their success."
Professor Perry, who will be in residence at Harvard for the majority of the year, will also engage with and attend research seminars organised by the other Radcliffe Institute Fellows.
Fellows will be pursuing independent projects within a rich, multidisciplinary environment. This year’s class includes anthropologists, chemical engineers, linguists, literature professors, molecular biologists, musicologists and visual artists.
The Radcliffe Institute Dean, Lizabeth Cohen, herself a former fellow at the institute, said: "These extremely talented individuals will arrive at different stages of their work, but whether they start exploring big new ideas or whether they complete ambitious projects, we expect that all will enjoy a year of profound growth and great productivity."