Reporter 458, 6 November 2000

Collaboration the key

Polymer scientist Professor Tom McLeish plans to spend his time as an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council senior research fellow ‘exploring the interface between physics and biology’ in collaboration with colleagues in other Leeds departments, he has announced.

Professor McLeish is one of three new recipients of the EPSRC fellowships, which allow leading scientists to take up to five years off administration and teaching duties to concentrate on their research. He told the council’s Newsline magazine that his work on soft condensed matter physics, in which he already works with chemists, chemical engineers and experimental physicists, was beginning to extend to collaboration with biologists on topics including protein folding and ‘the physics behind illnesses.’

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