Athena Swan Seminar, My Life in Science - From Proteins to Ageing: understanding biology in silico
After graduating in Physics, Janet studied for her PhD. in Biophysics at the NIMR, Mill Hill, London (1970-1973). She then worked in molecular biophysics in Oxford until 1978 when she returned to a fellowship at Birkbeck College, University of London. Janet has worked as Director of EMBL-EBI since 2001.
The goal of Janet’s research is to understand biological processes at the molecular level, by studying protein structures and sequences using computational approaches. Her work involves the classification of protein families and structures to elucidate the principles governing their folding, function and evolution. With her group, she studies the functions and interactions of proteins with other molecules in the cell from a structural perspective.
In 1999 Janet was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of EMBO in 2000; in 2002 she was appointed Extraordinary Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge and Honorary Professor, University of Cambridge. In 2012 Janet was made Dame Commander of the British Empire.