09 May Local chemist wins Royal Society of Chemistry Award
A chemist from the University of East Anglia (UEA) has won a prestigious award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for his research into infection and antibiotics.
Nick Le Brun, who is Professor of Biological Chemistry at UEA scooped the Royal Society of Chemistry Joseph Chatt Award which is for outstanding research into inorganic chemistry and biochemistry.
The scientist is working towards understanding how single cell organisms such as bacteria sense their environment and respond to changes such as a lack of nutrients. This adaptability is key to their survival and ability to establish infection, and so this research may uncover targets for the development of novel antibiotics.
Winners are recognised for the originality and impact of their research, or for their contributions to the chemical sciences industry or chemistry education. The awards also acknowledge the importance of teamwork across the chemical sciences, and the abilities of individuals to develop successful collaborations.