The Suffrage Science podcast: How women are changing science
Kat speaks with Elspeth Garman (Suffrage Science Life Sciences awardee, 2020), Professor of Molecular Biophysics at the University of Oxford, namesake of the 'Garman limit' and pioneer in X-ray crystallography. Elspeth reveals how her adventures abroad as a teenager landed her with much more than she could have imagined, and the trials and benefits of pivoting from nuclear physics to life sciences.
Jim al-Khalili talks to Professor Elspeth Garman about a technique that's led to 28 Nobel Prizes in the last century.X- ray crystallography, now celebrating its 100th anniversary, is used to study the internal structure of matter. It may sound rather arcane but it's the reason we now know the structure of hugely important molecules, like penicillin, insulin and DNA. But while other scientists scoop up prizes for cracking chemical structures, Elspeth works away behind the scenes, (more cameraman than Hollywood star), improving the methods and techniques used by everybody working in the field. If only it was as simple as putting a crystal in the machine and printing off the results. Growing a single crystal of an enzyme that gives TB its longevity took Elspeth's team no less than fifteen years. No pressure there then when harvesting that precious commodity.