2019 Sir Edward Frankland Fellowship Winner
Dr Alison Parkin, University of York
Awarded for advancing the understanding of the molecular basis of oxygen tolerance in hydrogenases, relevant to their medical significance.
Alison grew up in the small village of Broomfleet, East Yorkshire. At South Cave Primary School, her first science teacher was her Dad, Stan, but despite this she became interested in Chemistry. While at South Hunsley School she enjoyed a fantastic work experience placement at Humberside Scientific Service in Hull and loved seeing pharmaceutical manufacturing in action while working at Essential Nutrition in Brough.
Alison studied Undergraduate Chemistry at Jesus College, University of Oxford from 2000-2004, and enjoyed her final year "Part II" MChem project in the lab of Prof Fraser Armstrong so much that she stayed on to do her DPhil (PhD, 2004-2008) working under Fraser's supervision, learning how to use electrochemistry to study the redox chemistry of metalloenzymes. In 2008 Alison was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship in Chemistry by Merton College, Oxford, and this enabled her to start independent research into the role of hydrogen in bacterial metabolism and tutor Undergraduates in Inorganic Chemistry.
Since 2012, Alison has been fortunate enough to have returned to God's own Country of Yorkshire, working in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York. Her research group focuses on developing new tools and techniques to probe and harness redox chemistry, particularly in metalloenzymes.