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Springer Thesis Prize for Manuela

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Manuela Mura receives Springer Thesis Prize for her work “Theoretical Characterisation of STM Images of Assemblies of Flat Organic Molecules on Metal Surfaces” under supervision of Prof Lev Kantorovich at King’s College London. Her thesis will be published in the series “Springer Theses” which brings together a selection of the very best PhD theses from around the world and across the physical sciences.

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Scientist wins international PhD thesis prize

UCLan researcher hailed by world’s largest publisher of science books

A scientist from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been presented with a distinguished prize from a world renowned publisher in recognition of her PhD thesis.

Dr Manuela Mura has won the Springer Thesis Prize of 500 Euro and her work will be published in the Springer Theses series that “brings together a selection of the very best PhD theses from around the world and across the physical sciences.”

Springer is the world’s largest book and second-largest journal publisher worldwide specialising in science, technical and medical publishing and says each volume of the journal series has been “selected for its scientific excellence and the high impact of its contents for the pertinent field of research.”

Dr Mura has recently joined UCLan after graduating last month with a PhD in Computational Physics from King’s College London.  She is working in collaboration with Professor Dave Phoenix and early career scientists Dr Sarah Dennison and Dr Tim Snape from UCLan’s School of Pharmacy on the understanding of mechanisms of a new class of antibiotics, as well as with scientists from Germany and Holland.

She said:  “I am delighted to win the Springer Thesis Prize and am now totally immersed in the new fascinating results we have already obtained at UCLan. Close collaboration between simulation and experiments here can bring us a step closer towards a tailored computer aided design of new antibiotics.”

Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky leads the Computational Physics Group at UCLan.  He added: “We are delighted that such a world-class young researcher has chosen UCLan for her next step in science. Manuela’s work is supported by a prestigious Volkswagen Foundation grant from Germany given to our group.”

Dr Mura’s PhD supervisor, Professor Lev Kantorovich from King’s College London, said: “Manuela worked really hard and has done a really remarkable job.  She has had a large number of papers published in a variety of top international journals, which highlights the quality of her work.”

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