Dr. Sylvia Daunert Elected to the U.K. Royal Society of Chemistry

The honor is the third election to a European Royal Scociety for the distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Dr. Sylvia Daunert with a framed commemoration of her membership in the U.K. Royal Society of Chemstry

For the third time in her career, Sylvia Daunert, Pharm.D., M.S., Ph.D., will be part of a European Royal Society.

She was recently recognized for her scientific efforts with her election as a Fellow in the United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

In addition to the RSC, Dr. Daunert, the Lucille P. Markey Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, holds elections into the Royal Academy in Spain and the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna, Italy. As a member of the RSC, she will join a prestigious institution that dates back to 1841 and partake in a worldwide networking platform that features illustrious members, including some from the Miller School.

“It is always an exciting and humbling feeling to receive such important recognition from your peers, in this case, the members of the RSC,” Dr. Daunert said. “For me, it means that the global chemical community appreciates the work I devoted my career to. This is very fulfilling and encourages me to continue working hard to contribute to developing innovations in science and technology and train the new generation of scientists and physician-scientists.”

Dr. Daunert has spent her career studying bionanotechnology. Her research combines nanotechnology with biological molecules and processes to solve biomedical challenges impacting health care and the environment.

The research team in the Daunert Lab genetically engineers living cells and proteins for environmental detection, biosensing, molecular diagnostics, point-of-care tests, biomarker identification and devices. Additionally, they develop targeted and responsive drug delivery systems and miniaturized, microfluidic platforms with applications in the field and even in space.

“We were part of the first teams to integrate biological components into micro- and nanofluidic devices in the realm of bioanalytical chemistry,” Dr. Daunert said. “It is a combination of the body of work designing and developing innovative, biologically inspired technologies that have prompted this and other recognition.”

As a Fellow in the RSC, Dr. Daunert looks forward to interactions with like-minded chemists worldwide to advance research. She would like to contribute by promoting science and technology research and education to address the needs of disadvantaged communities, where access to hands-on science research is limited or non-existent.

In addition, Dr. Daunert is interested in working with fellow members of the RSC to promote translational science and technology to accelerate the transition of research from the bench to the field and clinic.

“These societies offer the opportunity for fellowship amongst scientists as they accomplish their research and educational missions more efficiently with a community, not just as individuals,” Dr. Dauner said. “Having your work recognized by one’s peers promotes career advancement and the interaction amongst the members.”

Tags: biochemistry and molecular biology, Dr. Sylvia Daunert, royal society of chemistry