Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow

Julia completed her BSc degree in physics at the University of Bristol and obtained a PhD degree in biophysics at the Open University Research Unit in Oxford. She began her career as Professor of Biomolecular Science at Birkbeck College in 1995. She was responsible for an internationally recognised research group and her research interests included the use of computer simulation techniques to study the structure and function of large molecules. She was appointed Vice-Master of Birkbeck College in 1998.

In 2002, she was appointed Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the first woman to lead a UK research council. She served as Chair of the British Science Association from 2009 to 2014.

In 2007, she was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent. In 2011, she was appointed to both the Council for Science and Technology and the Science and Technology Facilities Council. She is a member of the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) advisory board.

She is President of the Royal Society of Biology; a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Institute of Physics and the Royal College of Arts; and an Honorary Member of the Biochemical Society. She was awarded a CBE in 2001 and a DBE for her services to Science in June 2010.​