Cait MacPhee, The University of Edinburgh, UK
Title: Understanding nucleation of polypeptide self-assembly
Cait MacPhee is a Professor of Biological Physics at the University of Edinburgh. She started her undergraduate life in Australia in the biosciences, gradually moving across to physics during the course of her career. Her postdoc was in the Oxford Centre for Molecular Sciences with Prof. Chris Dobson, where she was awarded a Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship by the Royal Society. Her first academic post was in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, where she co-founded the Biological Physics Group with Tom Duke. She was awarded a University Research Fellowship by the Royal Society in 2002. In 2005 she moved to the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, where she remains to the present day. She acts as Theme Leader for the pan-Scotland Physics and Life Sciences initiative under the auspices of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA). She has interests in protein structure-function relationships, protein evolution, nanobiotechnology and astrobiology. Cait tweets as @sciorama.