Prof Leann Tilley wins Lifetime Achievement Award

We would like to congratulate our own Professor Leann Tilley from the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology based at Bio21, who has just been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th international conference of BioMalPar XIX: biology and pathology of the malaria parasite held at The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany.

The award recognises her research breakthroughs that have had sustained impact, as well as her contributions to mentoring and career development and her leadership in the international malaria community.

Leann has made major contributions to understanding the molecular and cellular biology of the malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, and using this understanding of the basic biology to develop new treatments for the disease.

Leann is a scientist who actively embraces a large range of technologies to further her understanding of the biological questions she is seeking answers for, from drug and protein chemistry, to molecular cell biology, to novel imaging technologies. She is assisted in this by fantastic collaborations with experts from other disciplines, ranging from molecular parasitologists to organic chemists and optical physicists.

Malaria remains one of the most significant global public health challenges, with more than 200 million clinical cases worldwide each year.

As a School we are proud to have researchers and women such as Leann working amongst us – alongside her passion for her research is her commitment to the future as validated by her commitment to supporting women in STEM (evidenced by her creation and support of the Georgina Sweet Awards recognising women in Quantitative Biomedical Science and her published works including an article given open access due to its medical significance.

Read articles about Prof Leann Tilley's work:

Pursuit Article

Killing the malaria parasite by blocking its recycling system

Recognising women in Quantitative Biomedical Science

Professor Leann Tilley talks parity for women