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Eleanor Stride Announced as a Finalist in the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

St Catherine’s is delighted to announce that Fellow, Professor Eleanor Stride, has been announced as a Finalist in the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and New York Academy of Sciences. The awards are the largest unrestricted cash prizes available to scientists under the age of 42.

A jury of leading scientists from across the UK selected one Laureate and two Finalists in each of three categories – Life Sciences, Chemistry and Physical Sciences & Engineering. The awards are given to scientists recognised for their innovative discoveries and advances in these areas which are already changing science and our understanding of the world, despite being still in the early stages of their careers.

The New York Academy of Sciences’ Chief Scientific Officer, Scientific Programs and Awards, Dr. Brooke Grindlinger, explains what captured the jury’s attention about Professor Stride’s research. “As a leader in the field of microbubble bioengineering, Professor Eleanor Stride is pushing the boundary of what we think is possible in clinical translational research. From the development of microbubbles as drug delivery vessels and their directed use as therapy for disease, to the creation of startup companies and public engagement, Professor Stride is a bold, young innovator improving lives and inspiring minds.”

Professor Stride says of her award, “It is a huge honour to receive the Blavatnik award both for me personally but much more importantly for our research group as a whole. It is very valuable, particularly for translational research, to have this sort of international recognition; and for an engineering team to receive a Life Sciences award is really exciting”.

Eleanor Stride is the Statutory Professor of Biomaterials in the Departments of Engineering Science and the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences. She specialises in the fabrication of nano and microscale devices for targeted drug delivery.

Eleanor became a Fellow of St Catherine’s College in 2011, and became a full Professor in 2014.

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