The Department of Biology and Biochemistry professor was nominated for his contribution for structural molecular biology.

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Professor Acharya came to the University of Bath as a Lecturer in 1990, he became a Reader in 1994 and a Professor in 1998.

He was also Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow (1993-1994), Nuffield Foundation Science Research Fellow (1994-1995), Royal Society – Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow (2001-2002), Wellcome Trust Research Leave Fellow (2004-2007), Royal Society Industry Research Fellow (2007-2011) and Syntaxin Ltd (UK) Research Fellow (2011-2012)

His fellowship with the Society of Biology began on 1 October.

He said: β€œIt is very good to be recognised for my work. I am looking forward to making an active contribution to UK biology.”