Churchill alumnus Professor Marcel Jaspars has joined Scotland’s prestigious educational charity, The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in recognition for his work on the discovery of new pharmaceuticals and enzymes from marine biodiversity.
Professor Jaspars (U84) is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen and Director of the University’s Marine Biodiscovery Centre. His group’s research focuses on the functions and applications of natural products, particularly those from marine organisms with the goal of determining the biological role of selected natural products as well as using them as pharmaceuticals and tools for biomedical research.
Commenting on his election he said:
“I am delighted to be recognised in this way by such an important Scottish institution. It is an honour to be associated with the Royal Society of Edinburgh and I thank them for electing me into the Fellowship. I owe a debt of gratitude to all the scientists who work with me in the Marine Biodiscovery Centre and the PharmaSea Consortium for their creativity and hard work.”
Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh are nominated in recognition of outstanding contributions to their field and achievement in public service. In accordance with its Royal Charter and charitable status, the RSE provides: independent advice to Government and Parliament; research and enterprise Fellowships; education programmes for young people; and conferences and events aimed at both public engagement and specialists.