We are happy to announce Professor Dame Janet Thornton as keynote speaker of the SCS 2022!
Professor Dame Janet Thornton was Director of EMBL-EBI from October 2001 to June 2015, and played a key role in ELIXIR, the pan-European infrastructure for biological data, since its inception. Her research group focuses on understanding protein structure (function and evolution) and ageing using computational approaches. After a physics degree she completed her PhD at the UK NIMR before post doctoral studies at Oxford. She then held a joint appointment at University College London and the Bernal Chair in the Crystallography Department at Birkbeck College. Professor Thornton is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a member of EMBO and a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. Her group explore the structure, function and evolution of proteins. These basic studies facilitate our ability to understand how proteins work and to interpret coding variations in humans and their impact on healthy ageing and disease.