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Prestigious Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship to Prof. Angela Casini

11 March 2016

Professor Angela Casini
Professor Angela Casini pictured outside main building

Prof. Angela Casini from Cardiff School of Chemistry has been awarded a Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). This Fellowship is named after Professor Hans Fischer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1930 for his pioneering work on “the constitution of haemin and chlorophyll and especially for his synthesis of haemin". The Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship is awarded to international scientists, who intend to explore innovative, high-risk topics of scientific research in collaboration with a TUM Research Group.

Prof. Casini said, “I am extremely honoured to receive this fellowship that is dedicated to a Nobel Laureate in the area of Bioinorganic Chemistry, and this is also my area of research. With this award I intend to expand my pioneering studies on the reactivity of anticancer metal compounds using biological targets of the non-canonical G-quadruplexes nucleic acid structures and the zinc-finger proteins that are relevant to the mechanisms of cancer development and progression.”

Considering the benefits of the award, Angela continued: “As a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow I will be able to pursue collaborative research between Cardiff and the group of Prof. Fritz Kühn at TUM, which is in the world’s top 100 universities. I am particularly pleased as the fellowship recognizes the impact on advanced research fields in the long-term, rather than focusing on more arbitrary short term indicators of success.”

Prof. Rudolf Allemann, Head of the School of Chemistry, commented: "This is excellent news and I congratulate Angela on this achievement. The School of Chemistry has developed many international collaborative research links with a host of leading universities around the world, and this is just one of the latest. Our research is truly international, providing a platform to create global impact and provide new and exciting opportunities for our students."

See Prof. Casini’s profile to find out more about her research.