A pioneer of her time, Rosalind Franklin’s work paved the way for the discovery of the structure of DNA and helped to provide the blueprint for modern genetics. To coincide with the 100th anniversary of her birth, chemist and Director of The Rosalind Franklin Institute James Naismith joins Vivienne Parry to celebrate Franklin’s life and work, and to explore how her legacy continues to inform scientific research today.

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James Naismith is Director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute. He is a world-leading expert in structural biology, blending structural analysis, mechanistic study and developing new approaches in biochemistry to answer chemical problems in biology. In 2019 Professor Naismith has been awarded Colworth Medal, Corday Morgan Medal, Dextra Medal and Jeremy Knowles Medal. He was elected to fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2005, the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012, the Royal Society 2014 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2016, and was elected a member of EMBO in 2010. In 2019 he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Tilden Prizes.

Vivienne Parry is a writer and broadcaster. She has a part-time role as Head of Engagement at Genomics England which delivered the 100,000 Genomes Project. She also sits on the board of UK Research & Innovation and is Chair of Cheltenham Science Festival.


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