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Inspirational female chemists

Each issue of Chem@Cam Magazine features a female scientist in the Department of Chemistry. Read more about them below.

Women in Chemistry, Jenny Zhang

"As a child in China, my mother’s bedtime stories about science - how radios work, how eggs are hatched - had a profound effect on me. Our new radio would later be found dismantled, and eggs from the kitchen would turn up in bed, buried snugly under blankets..."

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Women In Chemistry, Karen Stroobants

Dr Karen Stroobants is a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Misfolding Diseases. She researches membrane protein aggregates and their potential role in neurodegenerative diseases.

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Women in Chemistry, Ana Belenguer

Dr Ana Belenguer is a postdoctoral research assistant working with Professor Sanders on various projects funded by EPSRC grants since 2002, initially on Dynamic Covalent Chemistry (DCC) in solution.

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Women in Chemistry, Ruth Lynden-Bell

Ruth Lynden-Bell, Professor Emerita of Queen’s University Belfast, is an alumna of the department and a long-standing visiting professor. 

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Women in Chemistry, Tanya Hutter

Dr Tanya Hutter is a Henslow Research Fellow at Darwin College, a postdoctoral researcher in the department, and director and co-founder of her own company, SensorHut.

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Women in Chemistry, Silvia Vignolini

Dr Silvia Vignolini developed a passion for science after picking up a copy of Professor Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time in a high school class.

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Women In Chemistry, Deborah Longbottom

An inspirational female teacher fuelled Dr Deborah Longbottom’s interest in science and encouraged her to study Chemistry at university. 

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Women in Chemistry, Melinda Duer

Professor Duer’s pioneering experiments on bone using a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer led to a sea-change in our understanding of bone. 

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