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Chemical Science Scotland
Strathclyde student wins UK-wide chemistry award

A PhD student at the University of Strathclyde has won a UK-wide award, recognising her potential to make a major contribution in the future in the world of chemistry.

Hannah Lithgow is among four winners of the prestigious Salters Institute Centenary Award, made by science education charity the Salters’ Institute to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018. She is currently working on research in an emerging field of chemistry and chemical biology.

Hannah was nominated for the award by Strathclyde. Her research is in the area of protein degradation, with the aim of developing new treatments for disease.

Hannah said: “It’s fabulous to receive this award and quite unexpected. Protein degradation is a new area of chemical biology that takes a novel approach to drug discovery and it is very exciting to be a part of this process.

“Traditionally, disease treatment can include drugs which take a ‘blockade’ approach to a disease-causing target. Protein degradation is aimed at removing the problem completely.

“It tackles the disease-causing protein by utilising the body’s natural process to remove proteins. My research has mainly explored cancer but it also has possibilities for a whole range of diseases and could create a new era of medicines.”

Hannah is due to complete her PhD in 2019. She then aims to seek a career in industry.

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