The Department of Chemistry’s Professor Carmen Domene is honoured with the Royal Society of Chemistry's Corday-Morgan Prize for her work in the use of computational techniques to enhance understanding of fundamental biological processes at the molecular level.
The Corday–Morgan Medal and Prize is awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry for the most meritorious contributions to experimental chemistry, including computer simulation.
Professor Carmen Domene’s studies, largely through computer simulations, provide a roadmap to advance our understanding of biological systems and establish physical principles that govern the function of ion channels and other integral membrane proteins. Ion channels are the proteins responsible for our ability to sense heat and cold, touch, pain, taste and many other sensations. Their study is of paramount importance to understand human health and disease and to develop new drugs.
Dr Helen Pain, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said:
"The chemical sciences are at the forefront of tackling a range of challenges facing our world. From fundamental chemistry to cutting-edge innovations, the work that chemical scientists do has an important role to play in building our future.
The research and innovation prizes celebrate brilliant individuals across industry and academia. They include prizes for those at different career stages in general chemistry and for those working in specific fields, as well as interdisciplinary prizes and prizes for those in specific roles."