COVENTRY University researcher Dr Jennifer Greaves has been awarded £1.35million to lead research teams across the country to help develop treatments for diseases including cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
Dr Greaves is from the university’s Centre for sports, exercise and life sciences and has been awarded the UK research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowship for her work in molecular cell biology.
The UKRI’s scheme aims to accelerate the careers of the research and innovation leaders of the future.
The fellowship funding will help Dr Greaves to deliver an in-depth study exploring how fatty acids are reversibly attached to specific sites on proteins.
This process is vital for regulating how cells operate and is linked to many diseases, brain disorders and immunity, inflammation and pain.
The programme will see Dr Greaves coordinate teams from the University of Strathclyde, University of Warwick, Coventry University and Diamond Light Source.
The research will help to support the development of drugs to treat a range of diseases.
Dr Greaves said: “I’m delighted to receive a Future Leaders Fellowship.
“This award will accelerate my research career and give me the time and resources to lead a team of researchers and deliver on this very exciting and ambitious research programme.”
Coventry University’s deputy vice-chancellor of research, Richard Dashwood added: “We are extremely proud that Jenny has been recognised, she is a very talented early career researcher who has the potential to really make an impact in her field.”