2018 Interdisciplinary Prize Winner


Dr Judy Hirst
Dr Judy Hirst
University of Cambridge

 

Awarded for combining structural, biochemical and physical chemical techniques to pioneer studies of energy conversion in complex redox enzymes.


About the Winner


Judy Hirst is Deputy Director of the Medical Research Council's Mitochondrial Biology Unit, University of Cambridge, where she heads a research group focussing on understanding the structure and molecular mechanism of respiratory complex I and its roles in human disease. Judy was born and raised in Huddersfield, on the edge of the Pennines in West Yorkshire, then studied chemistry at St. John's College, University of Oxford, from 1990 to 1994. She completed a D. Phil. in inorganic chemistry at Oxford in 1997, working with Fraser Armstrong to develop and apply electrochemical methods to study coupled proton-electron transport reactions in enzymes. 

She was then a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, working with David Goodin on engineering redox proteins for novel functions, before moving to Cambridge and joining the MRC in 1999. She is now also Fellow and Director of Studies in chemistry at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. 

Judy was awarded an EMBO Young Investigator Award in 2001, the Young Investigator Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry Inorganic Biochemistry Discussion Group in 2006, the Royal Society of Chemistry Norman Heatley Award in 2012, and was elected to chair the Bioenergetics Gordon Research Conference in 2017.


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