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Search for the scientists to follow in Cardiff Nobel winners’ footsteps

03 November 2008

Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences has launched a new Research Fellowship Programme for early career scientists, named in honour of its two Nobel Laureates.

The Martin Evans/Robert Huber Research Fellowship Programme has been designed to give promising international-calibre researchers a jump start to their independent research careers. An international recruitment exercise is under way, looking for high-quality applicants across the full range of the School’s research interests. The first appointments are expected to be made in the New Year.

Professor Sir Martin Evans and Professor Dr Robert Huber are both members of the Cardiff School of Biosciences. Professor Sir Martin won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine for his discoveries on stem cells while Professor Huber won the 1988 Prize for Chemistry for work on the three-dimensional structure of a photosynthetic reaction centre.

The programme aims to provide young researchers with the best possible start to their independent science careers by nurturing them through this critical stage. The School of Biosciences offers a world-class research environment and a wide range of world-leading research projects. By providing initial financial support, the Martin Evans/Robert Huber Fellowship Programme will catalyse success in seeking major external funding and provide a headstart for the School’s next generation of bioscientists in their pursuit of personal research excellence.

Professor Sir Martin Evans said: "The transition from being a member of a research team to leading a project of your own can often be difficult. I’m delighted that the

School of Biosciences has introduced this Programme to help researchers make the leap."

Professor Dr Robert Huber, who is leading the development of Structural Biology at the University, said: "The School of Biosciences has an international reputation for the quality of its research. We look forward to seeing more world-class research projects develop as a result of this new Fellowship."

The School will initiate the Programme with two research fellows, offering more Fellowships as funding becomes available. For further information about the Programme and how to apply, see


Notes to Editors:

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. 2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883. Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities. Visit the University website at:

Cardiff School of Biosciences

The Cardiff School of Biosciences addresses the major biological questions which face health and life scientists. The major research areas of the School are: biodiversity and ecology, connective tissue biology, environmental biochemistry and microbiology, mammalian genetics, molecular enzymology and entomology, and neuroscience cell biology. The School also houses the Common Cold Centre, the world’s only centre dedicated to researching and testing new medicines for treatment of the symptoms of flu and the common cold. The School achieved a one hundred per cent success in the national, independent assessment of university teaching quality. The top ‘excellent’ grade was awarded to Pure and Applied Biology, Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and to the first and second year pre-clinical training for doctors and dentists.

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For further information, or a picture of the two laureates together, please contact:

Stephen Rouse,

Public Relations Office,

Cardiff University.

029 2087 5596