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BBSRC welcomes new Director of the Research Complex at Harwell

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On behalf of a consortium of sponsors, BBSRC is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor James Naismith FRS FRSE FMedSci to the role of Director of the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH), effective from 1 June 2017.

RCaH is an innovative venture created to provide a vibrant research culture on the unique Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) site and develop a leading multi-disciplinary centre of scientific excellence, maximising the opportunities for research and international collaboration provided by Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source and the Central Laser Facility (collectively the UK Large Facilities).

Professor Naismith is a world-leading expert in protein structure determination (by X-ray crystallography) coupled to molecular biology and biochemistry to probe biological mechanisms and to target specific disease pathways. His numerous achievements and decorations include Fellowship of The Royal Society (2014) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2016).

RCaH is sponsored by the BBSRC, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Diamond Light Source.

Researchers interested in making use of the unique opportunities at RCaH should contact Professor Naismith ( to discuss research proposals.


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