Louise Walport runs the Crick’s Protein-Protein Interaction Laboratory and is a lecturer at Imperial College London.
Before establishing her group, Louise was awarded a prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Global Fellowship – a European Fellowship that promotes excellent science through mobility.
“My Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship truly expanded my scientific horizons. I spent two years at the University of Tokyo, and a further year working with Professor Chris Schofield at the University of Oxford.
In Japan, I learnt to apply a state-of-the-art screening technology from its pioneer, Professor Hiroaki Suga, whilst pursuing a research question of my own design, supported by generous funding for my research and personal development. This scientific freedom to plan and execute my own project as a postdoc gave me invaluable experience in many of the skills required as a group leader, building the foundations for my group at the Crick.
My time in Japan also gave me the opportunity to develop a wide network of international colleagues and collaborators. Now spread throughout the globe, we are able to get together by Zoom to discuss the latest developments in the peptide field and provide a sounding board for each other’s ideas. I have no doubt that I would not be in the position I am now without having had this experience.”