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MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit


The Biochemical Society has announced Professor Judy Hirst FRS as the next Keilin Memorial Lecturer.

This award is given every two years to a scientist who has contributed to knowledge in a field related to the interests of David Keilin in bioenergetics, electron transfer and mitochondrial biology.

Keilin was a distinguished biochemist, born in Russia, who worked at the Molteno Institute for Parasitological Research in Cambridge from 1925 until his death in 1963; he became the Quick Professor of Biology in 1932. He is renowned for discovering the pigmented proteins known as cytochromes a, b and c, which he characterised with a simple hand-held spectroscope. He recognised the role of cytochromes in respiration, setting the stage for the last 50 years of research, during which their roles as carriers of electrons during the process of biological energy conversion have been worked out in exquisite detail.

Congratulations Judy!