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Katie Charneski wins this year's Ede & Ravenscroft Prize

Tue May 21 15:18:00 BST 2013

With an impressive list of awards and prizes already to her name, PhD Biology student Katie Charneski is this year's winner of the Ede & Ravenscroft Prize. Awarded annually by the University's Ede & Ravenscroft Prize Committee, chaired by Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), this prize recognises the University's best research student.

Professor Millar said:

'Every year I am hugely impressed by the quality and scope of the excellent work being carried out by our doctoral students and no less so this year. The Committee, once again, were faced with a tough but enjoyable task of selecting one winner from five brilliant finalists. On behalf of all the Prize Committee members, warmest congratulations to Katie for her achievement. Katie's research achievements in her doctoral research are to be truly commended and it is clear that she is already working at the forefront of her field. We wish Katie every success in her future career.'

As part of her PhD entitled 'Positively charged amino acids are the major determinants of ribosomal velocity (and why don't codons slow ribosomes after all?)', one of Katie's most notable achievements was the publication of a paper in the field of molecular genetics by the leading journal in Biological Sciences. Praised by her Head of Department, Professor Richard Hooley, for her meticulous attention to detail and leading insight into this area, Katie's work has already attracted a great deal of interest from the world of genetic engineering.

This year's other finalists were:

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Catherine Lyall, Department of Chemistry: 'Synthesising useful molecules using sustainable metals'
Aretha Teckentrup (Department of Mathematical Sciences): 'Uncertainty quantification in radioactive waste disposal'
Gregory Thomas (Department of Psychology): 'Moving in Subtle Ways: The role of unconscious thought processes in travel and transport'
Chris Vagg (Department of Mechanical Engineering): 'Reducing fuel consumption in vans'

Professor Millar also congratulated all the finalists for their excellent work and achievements acknowledging specifically the high quality presentations given by all of them to the Committee.

Find out further information about the Ede & Ravenscroft Prize