The winner of the Dorothy Jones Prize will be announced at the Applied Microbiology International Awards 2022 later this month.

Dorothy Jones

The prestigious accolade is presented to a scientist who has used microbiology to make a significant contribution to our understanding of terrestrial life, rhizospheres and soil microbiomes, or to the preservation of our global ecosystem.

The prize is named after Dr Dorothy Jones, who served as President of Applied Microbiology International from 1989 to 1991 and was the third female President of the Society.

In her time as research fellow at the University of Leicester, Dr Dorothy Jones revolutionised the way bacteria were classified by developing new methods for the identification and classifications of microorganisms.

She played a crucial role in establishing the teaching of microbiology within the University of Leicester, which eventually led to separate BScs in microbiology and medical microbiology. Her work led to the reassessment of the taxonomy of most medically important bacteria, and the development of the computer-aided analyses of many tests, which fed directly into the creation of the commercial identification kits used today.

The winner of this year’s Dorothy Jones Prize will be announced at the Applied Microbiology International Awards 2022, which will be held at Illuminate at the Science Museum on 29 November - the first event held by Applied Microbiology International (AMI) under their new branding.

The event will celebrate this year’s greatest achievements in the field and AMI will be welcoming Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam MBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham and an Honorary Fellow.

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