Pandemic preparedness: five minutes with . . . Katie Doores

Katie Doores, winner of the 2023 UK Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists and its accompanying £100 000 in unrestricted funds, discusses her research on viruses that pass from animals to humans—and preparing for the next pandemic. “In my lab we study different emerging pathogens, particularly viruses that pass from animals to humans. Because the human population potentially is naive to these viruses, they can spread and cause pandemics. What we’re trying to understand is how the interaction between our immune system and viruses leads to production of immunity. […]

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Dark energy ‘chameleon trap’ wins £100,000 prize for Nottingham scientist

Ingeniously simple lab experiment led by Prof Clare Burrage recognised by Blavatnik awards. Dark energy is the enigma at the heart of modern physics: the universe is supposed to be awash with the stuff, but it has never been seen and its nature is unknown. When faced with a mystery of such epic proportions, simply eliminating certain options is considered a success. This week such an advance, using an ingeniously simple desktop experiment, was recognised by the prestigious Blavatnik award for young scientists. Prof Clare Burrage, of the University of Nottingham and recipient of the £100,000 prize, said: “We don’t know what dark energy is. It’s the name we give to something we don’t understand so we can start talking about it. And when so little is known, even ruling things out feels like big progress.” […]

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Dr Katie Doores receives esteemed Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists

Today, the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced the recipients of the 2023 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom. Now in its sixth year, the Awards are the largest unrestricted prize available to UK scientists aged 42 or younger. As a Virologist and Immunologist, Dr Katie Doores studies how the immune system responds to infection to inform the development of vaccines against biomedically important viruses. Through this research she aims to aid our preparedness for potential future pandemics. Specialising in virology, immunology, and glycobiology (the study of the structure, biosynthesis, and biology of carbohydrates), Katie was recognised for paradigm-shifting discoveries in the characterisation of antibody responses to viral infections, including the persistent and acute human infections HIV-1, hantaviruses, phleboviruses, and SARS-CoV-2. […]

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Nottingham Professor joins all female winners of prestigious young scientist award

A Nottingham Professor has been recognised for her research into dark energy in the Universe with a young scientist award from the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences. Professor Clare Burrage from the University of Nottingham’s School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded the Laureate in Physical Sciences & Engineering. This is the first time in the history of the Blavatnik Awards in the UK that all three Laureates are women scientists.Now in its sixth year, the Awards are the largest unrestricted prize available to UK scientists aged 42 or younger. Internationally recognised among the scientific community, the Blavatnik Awards are instrumental in expanding the engagement and recognition of young scientists, and are providing the support and encouragement needed to drive scientific innovation for the next generation. […]

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Two UCL academics named Blavatnik Award finalists for emerging scientific talent

Dr Andrew Saxe (UCL Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit and Sainsbury Wellcome Centre at UCL) and Professor Jade Alglave (UCL Computer Science) are among nine finalists in the 2023 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK. As Blavatnik Awards UK Finalists, both Dr Saxe and Professor Alglave will be granted a £30,000 cash prize at an award ceremony next month in Whitehall, London. Dr Saxe and Professor Alglave will also give scientific talks at a free public symposium at The RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) on Wednesday 1st March 2023. The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK are supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and independently administered by the New York Academy of Sciences. […]

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Susan Perkin Honoured in Annual Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

Fellow and Tutor in Chemistry Susan Perkin, has been named Award Laureate in the 2023 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK. The award comes in recognition of her experimental work using a custom-built instrument – known as the Surface Force Balance – to determine the properties of fluids. Professor Perkin said: ‘I was amazed and delighted to hear the news of this wonderful award. I look forward to the opportunity it will bring to share my fascination with the microscopic interactions and processes that determine properties of materials all around us.’ The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and administered by the New York Academy of Sciences, celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of the UK’s most innovative young scientists and engineers. The 2023 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK received 77 nominations from 43 academic and research institutions across the UK. […]

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Nine UK-based Scientists Receive the Esteemed Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK

18 January 2023—London, UK: Today, the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences have announced the recipients of the 2023 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom. Now in its sixth year, the Awards are the largest unrestricted prize available to UK scientists aged 42 or younger. Internationally recognised among the scientific community, the Blavatnik Awards are instrumental in expanding the engagement and recognition of young scientists, and are providing the support and encouragement needed to drive scientific innovation for the next generation. This year’s Laureates, who will each receive £100,000 in unrestricted funds, are: 

Susan Perkin, DPhil (Chemistry)—University of Oxford
Clare Burrage, PhD (Physical Sciences & Engineering)—University of Nottingham
Katie Doores, DPhil (Life Sciences)—King’s College London

It is the first time in the history of the Blavatnik Awards in the UK that all three Laureates are women scientists. […]

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