We are incredibly proud that Professor Molly Stevens has become the first female Pharmacy and Pharmacology Bath Graduate and the first EVER female pharmacist to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, recognising her outstanding contributions to scientific understanding.

In July last year, we awarded Professor Stevens an honorary degree of Doctor of Science, based on her international reputation and being a role model for young people. The below was taken from her oration, read by Dr Paul De Bank:

"Molly Stevens began her academic career studying Pharmacy here at the University of Bath, where she was awarded a first class degree in 1995. She went on to join the Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis at the University of Nottingham, where she was awarded a PhD in 2000. She took a postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the world-renowned laboratory of Professor Robert Langer, a pioneer in the fields of drug delivery, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

"Returning to the UK in 2004, Molly joined Imperial College and there began a meteoric rise, with promotion to her current position of Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine in 2008."

Professor Stevens recently received funding from the Imperial College President’s Excellence Fund to accelerate her work in developing a test for COVID-19, and has previously worked to develop inexpensive point-of-care diagnostics for infectious diseases in developing countries.

In response to being elected she said: “All my research stems from a strong team-based approach and I am delighted at this recognition, which reflects the excellence of our group of talented students, postdocs and collaborators."

Congratulations again to Professor Stevens for this outstanding, and well-deserved, achievement.