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Jim Naismith appointed as FRS

Friday 02 May 2014

Jim Naismith appointed as Fellow of the Royal Society

Professor Jim ‌Naismith has been elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS).  The Royal Society is the oldest scientific society in the world and election to FRS is among the greatest achievements that can be conferred on a scientist. Very many congratulations Jim!

 Jim  is cited by the Royal Society for his stunning structural and chemical dissection of the many proteins involved in natural product recognition, synthesis and export. His work has revealed new paradigms in the recognition of nucleic acids and carbohydrates, unveiled novel chemical mechanisms for enzymatic nucleophilic substitution and addition and provided the first views, both structural and dynamic, of polysaccharide export systems in bacteria. His work is characterised by a synthesis of three-dimensional structural understanding with profound chemical insight.

Jim was elected FRS along with Professor  Paul Attfield, an EaStCHEM  colleague in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.