• Professor David Stephens receives Scientific Achievement Award
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Professor David Stephens receives Scientific Achievement Award

Feb 21 2024

The Royal Microscopical Society has presented highly regarded cell biologist Professor David Stephens with the RMS Scientific Achievement Award.

A group leader in the School of Biochemistry at University of Bristol since 2001, he is well known for his advanced light microscopy and electron microscopy to study the secretory pathway. His work spans over 30 years of excellence in research with over 100 publications.

In 2005 he made the key finding that membranes of the early secretory pathway can be linked to microtubules and motor proteins for subsequent organisation and movement to the Golgi apparatus. He has also made many contributions to the understanding of cilia biology, including work identifying the subunit composition and role of the dynein-2 motor protein complex in the formation and maintenance of primary cilia.

In 2018 his work provided an important insight into the process of procollagen trafficking and he continues to publish in these areas with some exciting new publications coming up in 2024. 

A collaborator on many research projects, David has generously given of his time and mentorship to support the cell biology community. He has held funding from UKRI and The Wellcome Trust, with a significant amount dedicated to the provision of advanced microscopy platforms. Microscopy has always underpinned David’s research and he was an enthusiastic member of the Royal Microscopical Society Life Sciences Section for several years, supporting meetings including the Microscience Microscopy Congress (mmc).

He has been an active member of the British Society for Cell Biology and the British Society for Matrix Biology and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. Having contributed as an editor with the Journal of Cell Science since 2015, David has also invested considerable time as a grant panel member in the UK and internationally, as well as serving on the Council of UKRI-BBSRC. 

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