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Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry


Inspirational female chemists

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

Read more at: Tessel Bouwens
Tessel Bouwens in front of the river Cam

Tessel Bouwens

Dr Tessel Bouwens is an NWO Rubicon Fellow in the Reisner lab and a Junior Research Fellow at Darwin College. She is researching the use of artificial photosynthesis to develop synthetic medicines.

May 2024

Read more at: IniOluwa Afolabi
Inioluwa in front of the computer

IniOluwa Afolabi

Gates scholar pioneers graphene carbon capture

Nov 2023

Read more at: Sona Krajcovicova
Sona examines tubes in the fume cupboard.

Sona Krajcovicova

Atmospheric pollutants are often associated with warming the environment, but Vichawan ‘Print’ Sakulsupich investigates aerosols that cool down the atmosphere.

Nov 2023

Read more at: Print Sakulsupich
Print stands on the department rooftop in front of the iconic Cambridge blue chimmneys.

Print Sakulsupich

Atmospheric pollutants are often associated with warming the environment, but Vichawan ‘Print’ Sakulsupich investigates aerosols that cool down the atmosphere.

May 2023

Read more at: Libby Brown
Libby Brown in a lab coat in the laboratory.

Libby Brown

Libby describes her own experience of an industry-linked PhD. She researches biochemistry identifying new proteins that are of interest to future pharmaceutical therapies.

May 2023

Read more at: Elizabeth 'Lizzie' English
Lizzie stands in a conference hall

Elizabeth 'Lizzie' English

Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ English wanted to connect with other women in neuroscience but couldn’t find quite the right organisation. So she started the Women in Neuroscience Network in the UK.

Nov 2022

Read more at: Sandile Mtetwa
Scientist in facemask holds a test tube.

Sandile Mtetwa

Final year PhD student, Sandile Mtetwa, experienced a lot of power cuts during her undergraduate years at the University of Zimbabwe, which got her thinking about energy and sustainability.

May 2022

Read more at: Oluwatomi Akingbade

Oluwatomi Akingbade

PhD student Tomi Akingbade founded the Black Women in Science network as an undergrad at Nottingham. Now the network has over 100 members and is still growing.

May 2022

Read more at: Fahmida Kahn

Fahmida Kahn

PhD student Fahmida Kahn researches passivation in the Clarke group - and she also creates beautiful drawings.

May 2021

Read more at: Sophie Jackson

Sophie Jackson

Professor of Chemical and Molecular Biology Sophie Jackson is still excited by her research and the new paths it is taking.

January 2021

Read more at: Anika Krause

Anika Krause

PhD student Anika Krause is studying the impact of air pollution on human health.

August 2019

Read more at: Heather Greer

Heather Greer

Technical Officer Dr Heather Greer can't wait to get her hands on our new Transmission Electron Microscope.

December 2018

Read more at: Jenny Zhang

Jenny Zhang

Dr Jenny Zhang is developing ways to turn sunlight into green fuels.

May 2018

Read more at: Karen Stroobants

Karen Stroobants

Dr Karen Stroobants researches membrane protein aggregates and their potential role in neurodegenerative diseases.

February 2018

Read more at: Ana Belenguer

Ana Belenguer

Dr Ana Belenguer is working on the synthesis of organic reactions in the solid state using ball mill grinding

August 2017

Read more at: Tanya Hutter

Tanya Hutter

Dr Tanya Hutter is a director and co-founder of her own company, SensorHut.

August 2017

Read more at: Ruth Lynden-Bell

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. 

June 2016

Read more at: Silvia Vignolini

Silvia Vignolini

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

June 2015

Read more at: Deborah Longbottom

Deborah Longbottom

An inspirational female teacher encouraged Dr Deborah Longbottom’s to study chemistry at university. 

March 2015

Read more at: Melinda Duer

Melinda Duer

Professor Melinda Duer’s pioneering experiments on bone using NMR spectrometry have led to a new understanding. 

March 2015