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The Burton Lecture will be delivered by Professor James H Naismith, FRS FRSE FMedSci

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The Burton Lecture this year is on 10th March 2021 delivered by  Professor James H Naismith, FRS FRSE FMedSci

Title: ‘Structural Biology, a tool to fight infectious disease'

Abstract: 'The spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule determines their function. We have been using EM, crystallography and biophysics to drive our work against SARS-CoV-2 and gram negative bacteria.'

About Prof. Naismith

Prof. Naismith’s ground-breaking research combines chemistry and structural biology to elucidate how nature performs chemistry. The 3-dimensional structures of enzymes and receptors that his lab determined have yielded unprecedented insight into the biosynthesis and recognition of complex biomolecules. For this work, he was awarded the Colworth Medal, Corday Morgan Medal, Dextra Medal and Jeremy Knowles Medal, and was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2005), EMBO (2010), the Academy of Medical Sciences (2012), the Royal Society (2016) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2016).

Naismith is the Director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute, Professor of Structural Biology at Oxford and Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford.

About the Burton Lectures

The Burton Lectures began in the 1970s and many distinguished academics have participated over the years.

Professor Harold Burton was Head of the Department of Chemistry, at King's College London, from 1947 until his death in 1966. By the research which he directed he quickly built up the reputation of the chemistry department. He planned for the introduction of the specialist courses in Chemistry which started in October 1966 and also for a great expansion in teaching and research.

The Harold Burton Fund was established for the promotion of Chemistry in the College, which included an annual lecture.

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