New Astbury Director appointed

Professor Neil Ranson has been appointed Director of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology.

Professor Ranson joined Leeds as a University Research Fellow in 2002 and has been a member of the Astbury Centre ever since.

He was previously Professor of Structural Molecular Biology and has helped establish the University as a major force in using cryo-electron microscopy for structural discovery.

Welcoming the appointment, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Professor Nick Plant, said: “I am delighted that Neil accepted this position.

“His vision for the continued development of Astbury over the next strategic period was compelling, with a clear alignment to the University Strategy around culture, community and impact.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Sheena Radford for her exemplary leadership of Astbury over the last nine years.”

Professor Ranson said: “I’m absolutely delighted to get the chance to help take Astbury into the future.

“I’m looking forward to building an even more vibrant community, working across disciplines to tackle the toughest problems in biological and biomedical discovery science.”

Professor Radford added: “Neil has played a huge role in developing the Astbury Centre strategy in recent years, and I’m absolutely delighted that he will now be leading us in delivering that vision.

“The Centre couldn’t be in better hands.”

Professor Ranson takes up the post tomorrow (Friday 19 March).