Professor Nathalie Juge has been appointed Deputy Chief Scientific Officer (DCSO) at the Quadram Institute.
The Deputy CSO role supports the Chief Scientific Officer and both roles are pivotal to the development of the Institute’s scientific strategy and the scientific leadership of Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB).
Nathalie will now take up the role of deputy CSO and will also continue to lead her research group and remains deputy leader of the Gut Microbes and Health Institute Strategic Programme (ISP).
Responsibilities of the DCSO roles include:
- Leading in the development and implementation of the QIB scientific strategy
- Responsible with the Institute Director and ISP Leaders for developing and advising on the Institute’s scientific vision
- Horizon scanning/analysing the scientific landscape searching for new opportunities
- Working with ISP Leaders and Group Leaders to develop strategies to ensure the internationally recognised quality of basic, strategic and applied research as evidenced through refereed publications, citations, successfully obtaining grant income and high social and economic impact
- Supporting the development of the next generation of scientists by coaching, mentoring and acting as a role model and advocate for QIB
- Working with the Institute’s Chief Business Officer to support the development of an entrepreneurial culture at the Institute
- Seizing opportunities to broaden and strengthen Quadram’s reputation on the global stage and inspire scientific excellence across the Institute
Quadram Institute Director Prof Ian Charles said: “I’m pleased to announce Nathalie Juge’s appointment as our Deputy Chief Scientific Officer. This is a key role which is vital to the development of our scientific strategy and will help provide invaluable scientific leadership and direction.”
Prof Nathalie Juge said: “I am delighted to work alongside Martin Warren, CSO, and Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB) colleagues to help shape the culture, capability and connectivity of our bioscience in the years to come, putting science and people at the heart of our mission.”
Prof Juge’s previous research focused on the structure-function relationships of plant and microbial glycoenzymes and their potential biotechnological application (stemming from her PhD project in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology of Nutrition, Marseille University, France in 1993) and successive postdoctoral positions at the Carlsberg Research Institute (EMBO and EU fellowships) and Institute of Food Research (IFR) on a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship.
After obtaining a lectureship position in Marseille University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (in 1997), she led a research Group on Glycosidases in Marseille (1997-1999) and in Norwich (1999-2007) while on secondment at the IFR where she also coordinated a large multi-partner European project on the role glycosidase inhibitors in plants, food and nutrition.
In 2007, she was recruited to what is now Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB) where she leads a large research group on the glycobiology of host-microbe interactions in the gut. Her research addresses the mechanisms by which dietary, host and microbial glycans modulate the gut microbiota and influence gut barrier function and host response. She is also deputy leader of QIB’s Gut Microbes and Health ISP, chair of QIB Grant Facilitation Process and honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia (School of Biology), and a board member of Norwich Research Park (NRP) Biorepository and BBSRC NRP Doctoral Training Programme.