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2011 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award honors Carol V. Robinson
Date:2/17/2011

Heidelberg, 17 February 2011 The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) announce Carol V. Robinson, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, UK, as the winner of the 2011 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award. Professor Robinson has been recognized for her pioneering work in the development of mass spectrometry as a tool used for investigating the structure and dynamics of protein complexes.

The FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award rewards the exceptional achievements of a female researcher in molecular biology over the previous five years. Winners of the award are role models who inspire future generations of women in science.

"Carol V. Robinson has pioneered, in an almost single-handed manner, the use of electrospray mass spectrometry for structural studies of large multimeric protein assemblies. She had the courage to do what experts regarded as not feasible and has succeeded in the face of strong skepticism," stated her collaborator Wolfgang Baumeister from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany, in his nomination of Carol Robinson for the award.

"I am truly delighted that the work of my research group has been honoured in this way," said Carol Robinson upon hearing of the award. "Women from many continents and countries are employed in my group. They have enriched my research bringing different talents and skills."

Robinson's research has opened up a new area of mass spectrometry. Her group was one of the first to use electrospray mass spectrometry to study large protein complexes. In collaboration with Micromass UK, she designed an instrument specifically adapted for the detection of high-mass complexes. This instrument has since gone into production in Canada and the UK and has now been installed in many laboratories around the world. More recently, her research has focused on combining mass spectrometry with cryoelectron
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Contact: Suzanne Beveridge
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49-622-188-91108
European Molecular Biology Organization
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