Professor Sheena Radford recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Professor Sheena Radford, the Director of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, has been honoured with an OBE, for her research at the frontiers of molecular biology.

As director of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, Professor Sheena Radford has led a large group of researchers investigating the complex molecular basis of life. Research in the Centre is fundamental to the big challenges facing society, including understanding the diseases associated with ageing, improving cancer therapies and tackling antimicrobial resistance. Professor Radford said: “I am thrilled to be named in the Honours List. Although I may be the recipient of the honour, it reflects the hard work and dedication of all of the researchers in my team and in the Astbury Centre.!

She added: “We are bringing people together from the different branches of science to work on some of the big, unsolved problems in science. The progress we are making is only possible because of the team spirit and culture of collaboration that makes coming to work each day a joy.”

Professor Sheena Radford joined the University of Leeds in 1995 as a Lecturer in the School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, progressing to Reader in 1998 and Professor in 2000. In 2009 she became the Deputy Director of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, and its Director in 2012. She also became Astbury Professor of Biophysics in 2014.