Interdisciplinary Prize 2009 Winner

2009 Interdisciplinary Prize winner Bonnie Ann Wallace
Bonnie Ann Wallace
Birkbeck College, University of London

Awarded for her work in developing applications of synchrotron radiation circular dichroism spectroscopy as a tool in chemistry, structural genomics, biochemistry and chemical biology.

About the winner

Bonnie Ann Wallace is Professor of Molecular Biophysics in the Department of Crystallography at Birkbeck College, University of London. 

She obtained her BS in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, her PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University and did postdoctoral work (as a Jane Coffin Childs fellow) at Harvard and at the MRC Lab of Molecular Biology in Cambridge.  

She was an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at Columbia University, before moving to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Biophysics.  She moved her lab permanently to London following a sabbatical visit (as a Fogarty Fellow) to Birkbeck. 

She was the first recipient of the Dayhoff Award of the U.S. Biophysical Society, and received the Irma T. Hirschl Award, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and was named one of the dozen top young scientists in America by Fortune Magazine. She has recently received the 2010 AstraZeneca Award from the Biochemical Society. 

She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Biology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Dr Wallace has been instrumental in developing methods and applications for the new technique of synchrotron radiation circular dichroism (SRCD) spectroscopy of proteins, especially for its use structural and functional genomics, and in developing methodologies for circular dichroism studies of membranes and in spectroscopic bioinformatics.

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