Dr Ed Yates elected as Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry

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Ed Yates 2018

Dr Ed Yates, from the Institute of Integrative Biology, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is the professional body for chemists in the UK with a global community of more than 50,000 members in 125 countries.  The award is bestowed upon members who have 'made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the chemical sciences'

Dr Yates joined the Institute of Integrative Biology in 2003.  He has worked in the field of carbohydrate chemistry and biochemistry for almost 30 years, studying many aspects of structure, function and analysis. Since 2011, he has influenced the approach that industry and regulators take towards assessing the purity of the important anticoagulant drug, heparin. 

Dr Yates said:  "I am honoured to have been given this award, which underlines the importance of chemistry to biological questions. Our work has covered topics ranging from cell signalling to microbiology and from the analysis of macromolecular interactions to assessing the purity of pharmaceuticals but, the common theme has been carbohydrates, which continue to be studied less than other classes of biological molecules.  The award is also a tribute to the excellent work done by the many students, staff and collaborators with whom it has been my pleasure to work."

Prof Sonia Rocha, Head of Biochemistry, said: "I am delighted for Ed - being elected to the Royal Society of Chemistry is an amazing achievement.  I’m very pleased that Ed is being recognised for his outstanding contributions to the field and given the credit he deserves!"

The RSC has a broad remit and covers all aspects of biological chemistry. It provides journals and conferences, as well as a wide range of excellent resources, facilities and advice to support students and professionals in academic, industrial or commercial careers.