Helen Saibil - Curriculum Vitae#

  • BSc Honours Biophysics, McGill University, Montreal, 1971
  • PhD Biophysics, University of London King's College, 1977

Present and past Positions
  • Bernal Professor of Structural Biology, Department of Crystallography, Birkbeck College
  • Lecturer, 1988; Senior Lecturer, 1993; Reader, 1996; Professor, 1998; Bernal chair, 2001
  • 10% secondment, Diamond Light Source, National facility for cryo electron microscopy, 2014-
  • Province of Quebec Postgraduate Scholarship, 1972-1976 (held at Kings College London)
  • Canadian National Research Council NATO fellowship, held at Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires, Grenoble, 1977-1978
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratoire de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires, Grenoble, 1978. Head of Laboratory: Dr M. Chabre
  • Research Assistant, Medical Research Council Project Grant, awarded to H.R.S. and Professor M.H.F. Wilkins, Biophysics Department, King's College London, 1979 1981
  • Research Associate, Medical Research Council Project Grant, awarded to H.R.S., Biophysics Department, King's College London, 1982 1984
  • Demonstrator in Cell and Developmental Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, 1984-1988
  • Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford, 1984-1989
  • Wellcome Trust Research Leave Fellowship, 1996 and 1997
  • Sabbatical fellowships (Wellcome and Leverhulme) held at EMBL Heidelberg, 2007-2008

Honours and awards
  • Elected Member of EMBO, 2001
  • Chair of 1st European Gordon Conference on Three-dimensional electron microscopy, 2006
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 2006
  • Elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, 2009
  • Chair of European Chaperone meeting (ESF, EMBO) in 1999 and 2013
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal Microscopical Society, 2014
  • Honorary Fellow, British Biophysical Society, 2014

Editorial board and committee memberships
  • Editorial boards of Cell; EMBO J and EMBO Reports
  • ERC consolidator grant panel 2013; chair 2015
  • Wellcome Trust Expert Review Group – Molecular basis of cell function, 2011-
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, Partnership for Structural Biology, Grenoble, 2011-
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, 2014-
  • Scientific Advisory Board, IGBMC, University of Strasbourg 2014-
  • Management board, National facility for cryo electron microscopy, Diamond Light Source, 2014-
  • Life sciences and soft matter advisory panel, STFC, 2015-

Current research grants
  • Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award 106252/Z/14/Z, £1.13M, awarded Dec 2014, 2015-2020
  • Wellcome Trust Strategic Award 100146, Wellcome Trust (50%), MRC (25%) & BBSRC (25%): A national cryo-electron microscopy facility for structural molecular and cell biology. Co-applicants D Stuart, K Grunewald and G Materlik, at Diamond Light Source, 2014-2019, £15.6M
  • ERC Advanced Grant 294408: Molecular and cellular imaging of membrane interactions in pathogen attack and immune defence. €2.3M, 2012-2017
  • Wellcome Trust Multi-user equipment grant 101488: A direct electron detector for electron cryo-microscopy. 2013-2016, £387,500
  • MRC Project grant G1100013/1: Structural changes to host and parasite during malarial egress from the human red blood cell. £391k, 2012-2015
  • MRC partnership grant (PI Martyn Winn, CCP4) MR/J000825/1: Towards a Collaborative Computational Project for Electron cryo-Microscopy (CCP-EM) and bridging the gaps between structure determination methods. £12k (Birkbeck share), 2012-2015
  • BBSRC Project grant BB/J005932/1 Dynamics and pathways of assembly in membrane pore formation, PI Bart Hoogenboom, London Centre for Nanotechnology, £138k, 2012-2015
  • Wellcome Trust Programme Grant 089050 Protein Quality Control: Chaperone-substrate interactions and cellular aggregates 01/04/2010-30/09/2015 £1,062,536
  • Wellcome Trust Enhancement to Programme grant 089050: Three-dimensional imaging of the Chlamydia infectious cycle. 2012-2015, £198k
  • BBSRC Advanced Life Sciences Research Technology Initiative (ALERT-13) equipment grant BB/L014211/1: Energy filter with direct electron detector for electron cryo tomography. 2013-2014, £654k.
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