Leading the Charge
Sitting Down With… Carol Robinson, Professor of Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK.
How did your career in science begin?
I’ve always loved chemistry, but never thought about going to university as a child because nobody in my family had done it before. I eventually got a job as a technician and worked in several laboratories, which only nurtured my interest further. At Pfizer, I was encouraged to take part in day release studies, through which I eventually earned my chemistry degree and found myself wanting to conduct further research. This soon led me into my PhD in the use of MS – a technique that I’ve always had a fascination with – for peptide sequencing at Cambridge University. The process of fitting spectra to structures to solve problems excites me – it’s like a giant jigsaw puzzle. I focused on peptides because proteins were of huge interest at the time, especially neuropeptides and their roles in nerve signaling.
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