Fiona Meldrum, University of Leeds, UK
Title: Bio-inspired approaches to crystals with composite structures

Fiona Meldrum is a Professor at the School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, UK. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1989, and her doctorate in biological crystallization from the University of Bath in 1992. Following a postdoctoral position at the University of Syracuse, USA she carried out further postdoctoral work at the Max Plank Institute of Polymerforschung, Mainz, Germany under award of a Humbold Research Fellowship. Fiona then joined the Australian National University in Canberra as a Research Fellow, before returning to the UK to take up a lectureship at Queen Mary, University of London in 1998. In 2003, she moved to the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol and was appointed Reader in 2007. She joined the University of Leeds in 2009 where she holds a Chair in Inorganic Chemistry, and was awarded an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship in the same year. Her research focuses on crystallization, with particular emphasis on biomineralization and bio-inspired crystal growth, where natural systems are used as an inspiration for the design and synthesis of crystalline and amorphous minerals. She currently has particular interests in the effects of confinement on crystallization and the formation of crystals with composite structures.