Professor Emma Raven is Head of the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. She was born and went to school in Northamptonshire and obtained a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Leicester in 1988. Her interest in metalloproteins originated during undergraduate work with M C R Symons on hemoglobin, and from PhD studies at Newcastle University with the late Geoff Sykes, FRS. She subsequently moved to the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) to Grant Mauk's laboratory, where she worked on a number of heme-containing proteins. In 1994 she was offered a lectureship at the University of Leicester, where she worked for 23 years. She moved to the University of Bristol in 2018.
Professor Raven’s research work has been focused on understanding structure and function of heme proteins, and their role in biology, and has been facilitated by research fellowships from the Wellcome Trust, the Leverhulme Trust and BBSRC. She has a longstanding interest in the mechanism used in heme enzymes.
Laterally Professor Raven is using her knowledge on heme enzyme catalysis to explore the roles of heme in cells and the complex question of heme-dependent biological regulation.