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Chemistry Alumni Shortlisted for 2023 Being Edinburgh Award

Narayan Hosmane and Mia Kapun are recognised for their passion, drive and brilliance.
Naryan and Mia

Congratulations to Narayan Hosmane and Mia Kapun, who have been shortlisted for the Being Edinburgh Award. They join two other finalists in an online vote to decide this year’s winner.

The Being Edinburgh Award was created to recognise alumni achievements and stories. It celebrates former University of Edinburgh students who are making a difference, and make us proud to be connected to their passion, their drive and their brilliance.

Voting is open to all University of Edinburgh students, alumni and staff until 10 March 2023.

About Narayan Hosmane

Over the course of his career as a research professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Narayan has used his Edinburgh education to make a huge contribution to the field of cancer research. He has published over 300 papers in leading scientific journals and is an author of five books on boron science and cancer therapies.

His research projects have applications in many areas, from the development of new cancer treatment methods to sustainable ways to produce the wonder material graphene.

He was ranked by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in the top 50 percent of the most cited chemists in the world from 1981–1997. He has also won numerous awards including the Humboldt Research Award for senior scientists (2001 and 2007) and the BUSA Award for Distinguished Achievements in Boron Science.

Over the years, Narayan has also been a dedicated mentor to many undergraduate students.

  • Degree: 1974 PhD Chemistry
  • Current position: Research Professor & Inaugural Board of Trustees Professor at Northern Illinois University

About Mia Kapun

Mia is a Chemistry PhD student at the University of Cambridge, passionate about research and inspiring the next generation of leaders in STEM, and a proud Edinburgh alumna.

As a PhD student, Mia is working on the development of novel antibody-drug conjugates for cancer therapy. Over the years, Mia has done research across many different institutions including Roche, Imperial College London, Ruđer Bošković Institute, and now the University of Cambridge.

Alongside her PhD, Mia volunteers her time to work as Excellerator 2023 Executive Director at the Global Biotech Revolution (GBR), a youth-led non-profit which connects and develops future leaders across biotech, healthcare and life sciences, to accelerate the growth and advancement of these ecosystems. Mia and others involved in GBR aim to connect the future bio-leaders, as they tend to be isolated in regional clusters and focus on self-career development, help them grow and support each other’s ideas and knowledge through collaborative ventures.

Mia is also heavily involved in outreach and mentorship and is part of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Chemistry Alumni Mentoring programme and is mentoring undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Cambridge.

  • Degree: 2020 MCHEM Chemistry
  • Current position: PhD student, University of Cambridge and Leader Initiatives Director, Global Biotech Revolution

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023