Bonnie Ann Wallace is Professor of Molecular Biophysics in the Department of Biological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London and at the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (Birkbeck and UCL). She obtained her PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale 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, then Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Biophysics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Following a sabbatical visit (as a Fogarty Fellow) at Birkbeck, Professor Wallace moved her lab permanently to the UK. She was the first recipient of the Dayhoff Award of The Biophysical Society, received the Irma T. Hirschl Award and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and was named one of the ten top young scientists in America by Fortune Magazine. She received the 2009 Interdisciplinary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the 2010 AstraZeneca Award from the Biochemical Society for her work in developing new spectroscopic methods, and in 2017 was elected an Honorary Member of the British Biophysical Society and a Fellow of The (US) Biophysical Society.
Her research interests are focused on the structure and function of voltage-gated sodium channels, and on the development of new methods and bioinformatics tools for characterising membrane and soluble proteins. Amongst other developments, her lab was the first to determine the crystal structure of an open, active, full-length sodium channel, and to link its structure with its functional and pharmacological properties.