Head of Department
Daniell Chair of Chemistry, Professor Paula Booth
Paula joined as Head of Department in 2014, inspired by the new era of Chemistry at King’s.
Her research interests lie at the interface of Chemistry and Biology and she leads an interdisciplinary lab pioneering new investigations into the mechanisms of biological self-assembly and exploiting this in synthetic systems in the fields of materials, catalysis and synthetic biology. The originality and excellence of her research has been recognised in several awards and grants for innovative research, including a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2003, Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2008 and an ERC Advanced grant in 2012.
Following a degree in Chemistry at St John’s College, Oxford University Paula undertook a PhD at Imperial College, London. After a brief fellowship period at the Centre D-Etudes Saclay outside Paris, she started her own lab as the Royal Society Rosenheim Research Fellow at Oxford where she also held a Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi College. Subsequently, Paula held academic posts at Imperial College and the University of Bristol, where she also had significant academic leadership roles and was a member of the governing body, University Council. She has served on numerous grant funding, scientific advisory and learned society committees.