St Catharine's College is delighted that Dr David Aldridge (1997), Fellow and the Dawson College Lecturer in Biological Natural Sciences, has won the Researcher of the Year Award as part of the 2021 Science and Technology Awards organised by the Cambridge Independent newspaper.
Dr Aldridge has been recognised for his innovative research, which spans the conservation of rare species and threatened ecosystems, the biology and control of invasive species, and the use of biological processes to develop sustainable remediation and monitoring programmes for degraded waterbodies. His award was sponsored by AstraZeneca and presented by Catherine Priestley, Head of AstraZeneca BioPharmaceuticals R&D Communications, during a virtual ceremony held on 15 April 2021.
He commented, "I'm delighted to receive this award, and especially given the amazing people on the short list. It was especially pleasing that the judges appreciated the integration of pure and applied science in my work. I'm really grateful to St Catharine's for providing such a supportive environment for my research, both in the form of my Dawson Fellowship and also in the fantastic BioRISC initiative that is funded by The David and Claudia Harding Foundation."
- Watch a recent Catz Chats video featuring Dr Aldridge talking about invasive species
- Read a recent news article about Dr Aldridge's work on avoiding the spread of pathogens between threatened animal populations
- Read a recent news article about Dr Aldridge’s work producing the world’s first microcapsule specially designed to deliver nutrients to bivalves to benefit human health
Paul Brackley, Editor of the Cambridge Independent, said, “It was a pleasure to reveal the winners of these awards, but also to celebrate the incredible work of all the finalists who were shortlisted tonight. The awards, which are now in their fourth year, are a showcase of what the Cambridge region is capable of – world-leading achievements across so many fields of science and technology. I would like to thank my fellow judges, our sponsors and supporters for their backing, and congratulate all our winners.”