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DPAG's new John Black Professor of Bionanoscience Professor Molly Stevens has been shortlisted as a nominee for the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) prestigious £350,000 A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize.

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The IET’s A F Harvey prize is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding achievement in engineering research in the fields of medical, microwave and radar or laser/optoelectronic engineering, with the prize fund awarded to support further research led by the recipient. This year’s theme is medical engineering and technology.

Professor Molly M. Stevens FREng FRS was appointed as the John Black Professor of Bionanoscience at DPAG and the University of Oxford's Institute for Biomedical Engineering, and Deputy Director of the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery in April 2023. She also holds part-time professorships at Imperial College London and Karolinska Institutet. Her multidisciplinary research balances the investigation of fundamental science with the development of technology to address some of the major healthcare challenges. Her work has been instrumental in elucidating the bio-material interfaces. She has created a broad portfolio of designer biomaterials for applications in disease diagnostics and regenerative medicine. Read more about the Stevens Group's key focus areas.

Professor Stevens has been nominated alongside five other world-leading researchers: Professor Pedro Irazoqui (John Hopkins University), Professor Rachel McKendry (University College London), Professor Franz Pfeiffer (Technical University of Munich), Professor Björn W. Schuller (Imperial College London), and Professor Dong Sun (City University of Hong Kong).

Sir John O’Reilly, Chair of the IET’s Search and Selection Panel for the Prize, said: “We’re incredibly proud, through the generous legacy from the late Dr A F Harvey, to be able to recognise and support the development of pioneering engineering research and the subsequent impact this has on advancing the world around us. I’d like to congratulate our six finalists for this year.”

The prize is named after Dr A F Harvey who bequeathed a generous sum of money to the IET for a trust fund to be set up in his name to further research in the specified fields.

The prize winner will be chosen from the shortlisted candidates and announced in January 2024 – the winning researcher will deliver a keynote lecture on their research in the spring.

More information can be found on the IET website.