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Department of Chemistry


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Dr Serene Chen has received the Scopus Early Career Researcher UK award for 2018 in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Serene completed her PhD in the Dobson group here, where she studied protein aggregates such as the alpha-synonuclein protein, whose deposition is one of the hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease.  As a postdoctoral research fellow at Imperial College London, Serene focused on the structures of aggregates using advanced imaging techniques, and continues to work closely with the department’s Centre for Misfolding Diseases.

The purpose of the Early Career Researcher award is to recognise and support outstanding young researchers who are making a significant contribution to their field.  Serene is one of six winners of the award, which was also given in Medicine, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Arts and Humanities.  Each winner receives a grant of £1500 to further their career development.

The biennial award has been hosted by Elsevier and the US-UK Fulbright Commission since 2011.  Winners are chosen by an expert panel of judges, drawing on citation and publication information from Elsevier’s Scopus database. The Award Ceremony took place at the Royal Society in London on 4 October.