Paula Booth

Group Leader - Satellite

Paula Booth is currently Daniell Professor of Chemistry and Head of Department at King’s College, London, where she leads the renaissance of the discipline at the university.

Paula leads an active, interdisciplinary research group working at the interface between Chemistry and Life Sciences, having previously held Faculty positions at Oxford, Imperial College and Bristol in Biochemistry. Her research addresses the biosynthetic folding of integral membrane proteins, studying reaction mechanisms, regulation by membrane lipids and constructing biomembranes for Synthetic Biology applications.

Her innovative research has been recognised with awards including a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and Philip Leverhulme Prize, and her funding includes a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award, ERC Advanced Grant, EPSRC-NFS award, BBSRC-EPSRC Synthetic Biology Centre funding as well as grants from BBSRC, EPSRC and the Leverhulme Trust.

Paula has extensive experience at executive and advisory level, for example serving on the UK Biochemical Society, US Protein Society and University of Bristol Councils as well as several Scientific Advisory Boards including the Rosalind Franklin Next Generation Chemistry Board that she will Chair in 2021. She is also a REF 2021 panel member, sits in BBSRC Appointments Board and has served on many funding panels including BBSRC, EPSRC, ERC and The Wellcome Trust.
 

Qualifications and history

1987
St John's College Oxford
Chemistry MA/MChem
1990
Imperial College London
Biophysical Chemistry PhD
1990
University of Oxford, Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Junior Research Fellow, St Hilda’s College
1991
Centre d’Etudes de Saclay, France
Royal Society Postdoctoral Research Fellow
1992
University of Oxford, Biochemistry Department
Royal Society Rosenheim Research Fellow
1992
Corpus Christi College Oxford
Research Fellow
1995
Imperial College London, Biochemistry Department
Royal Society Rosenheim Research Fellow & Lecturer
2000
University of Bristol, Biochemistry Department
Lecturer
2002
University of Bristol, Biochemistry Department
Reader
2005
University of Bristol, Biochemistry Department
Professor
2014
King’s College London, Chemistry Department
Daniell Professor of Chemistry and Head of Department
2020
Francis Crick Institute
Senior Group Leader (Satellite Laboratory)