Friday, 29 August 2014

Two St Andrews scientists to receive Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Prof. Malcolm White
Two leading scientists from the University of St Andrews are to receive Wolfson Research Merit Awards from the Royal Society. ‌ Professor Malcolm White (School of Biology) and Professor Sven Hoefling (School of Physics and Astronomy) are named in an exclusive, recently published list of only14 outstanding UK scientists to receive the honour.

Prof. Sven Hoeling
Professor White’s award, the CRISPR-Cas system for prokaryotic antiviral defence, recognises his research into a recently discovered immune system in microbes. His work is aimed at understanding how these complex molecular machines detect and destroy invading viruses.

Professor Hoefling's award, Quantum engineered semiconducting and transition metal oxide materials, is in appreciation of his work to understand and exploit light-matter interactions.

Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract science talent from overseas and retain respected UK scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.
[press release]