RSC Carbohydrate Chemistry Award
Dr M. Carmen Galan has been awarded the 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry Carbohydrate Chemistry Award. Dr Bruce Turnbull, Chair of the RSC Carbohydrate Group, explains the significance of this achievement.
The award, founded in 1970 and sponsored by Dextra Laboratories, is presented to a scientist in the early/mid stage of their career for meritorious work in carbohydrate chemistry that has largely been conducted in the UK. Past winners of this award include Nobel Prize winner Fraser Stoddart.
The award is given to Dr Galan in recognition of her research into new synthetic methodologies for oligosaccharide synthesis and the development of novel glycoconjugate probes to study cellular processes. She will present her award lecture at the RSC Carbohydrate Group Autumn meeting in Dublin in September, where she will be presented with a silver medal.
On receiving the award, Carmen said: "It is a real honour to join the list of very prestigious past awardees. I am very grateful to my research team, as well as the Carbohydrate community for their continuous support."
In nominating her, Professor Timothy Gallagher from the University of Bristol said: "Carmen has established a very successful and internationally recognized independent research programme, as evidenced by over 55 publications in high profile journals that are becoming well-cited, and a string of conference invitations.
"Her independent research is characterised by its breadth and collaborative dimension, spanning carbohydrate synthesis through to the application of oligosaccharides in glycobiology.
"It is clear that Carmen is a scientist who has already achieved a great deal and possesses very significant future potential. Her track record is outstanding, and her ability to juggle a complicated and demanding series of roles is inspirational."
More about Carmen
Dr Galan is a Reader in organic and biological chemistry at the University of Bristol, where she holds an ERC Consolidator award and an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship. She undertook her PhD with Prof Geert-Jan Boons at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Centre in Georgia, USA before postdoctoral studies with Prof Chi-Huey Wong (Scripps Research Center) and Prof Sarah O’Connor (MIT).
She is a member of editorial advisory boards for Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, RSC Advances and the editorial boards of Carbohydrate Research and Nature Scientific Reports. She also represents the United Kingdom in the International Carbohydrate Organisation.
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