With many thanks to our sponsors CCP4 and BCA, we proudly announce this year’s SWSBC prize winners:

ECR prize

Emiliana De Santis and Max Ryadnov
Peptide virus-like particles: from synthetic biologics to reference standards for advanced therapies
National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Rd, Teddington, Middlesex, UK, TW11 0LW


PhD talk prize

Alexander J Lander, Xuefei Li, Yi Jin and Louis YP Luk
Total Chemical Synthesis and Racemic Protein Crystallography of Bacteriocins
School of Chemistry, Main Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff. CF10 3AT


Poster prizes

Matthew Gaines, Kelly Sanders, Peter Petrov & Bertram Daum
Towards solving the structure of the Bacillus sphaericus S-layer
Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QD, UK
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QF, UK


Rachael Andrews, Benedict May, Christopher Pudney & Dave Carbery
Investigation into the Sensitivity of Fluorescence Spectral Fingerprinting as a Method for Synthetic Cannabinoid Detection
Department of Biology & Biochemistry, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY
Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY
Centre of Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT), University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY


Daniel J. Hinchen , Emerald S. Ellis , Alissa Bleem , Sam J.B. Mallinson , Mark D. Allen , Melodie M. Machovina , Christopher W. Johnson , Gregg T. Beckham , Jennifer L. DuBois and John E. McGeehan
Engineering a Biocatalyst for Demethylating Lignin-Derived Aromatics
[a] Centre for Enzyme Innovation, School of Biological Sciences, Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2DY. [b] Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Montana State University, Bozeman MT, United States, MT 59717. [c] National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden CO, United States, CO 80401