We are proud to announce that three alumni of the School of Biosciences have recently been elected Fellows of the Royal Society, a self-governing organisation dedicated to identifying and supporting the work of outstanding scientists. The honour is the highest accolade in British science.

Professor Sheena Radford

Sheena Radford was a biochemistry undergraduate here, graduating in 1984, and now holds the position of Astbury Professor of Biophysics at the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Leeds. Sheena is internationally distinguished for her "seminal contributions to understanding how the dynamical properties of proteins enable them to fold and function biologically, or to misfold and cause degenerative diseases".

Sheena says of her time at Birmingham, "It all started there and what a brilliant time I had. The course at Birmingham and the excellent, dedicated, inspirational and caring staff were the foundations of my love for biochemistry. I owe a very a big thanks to all the staff at Birmingham."


Dr Julian Parkhill

Julian Parkhill was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow within the School of Biosciences and is now Senior Investigator at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Julian has played a major role in determining the reference genome sequences of many key bacterial pathogens, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Yersinia pestis and Salmonella typhi.


Professor Amanda Fisher

Amanda Fisher received a BSc in Biological Science at Birmingham in 1983 and is now Professor in Cell Biology, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College London.

Amanda is distinguished for her pioneering work on HIV pathogenesis, T lymphocyte development, embryonic stem cells and epigenetic gene regulation..