We are delighted to announce that OEN Steering Group member Professor Sadaf Farooqi has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of her discoveries of fundamental mechanisms that control human energy homeostasis and their disruption in obesity.

The Royal Society is the oldest scientific academy in the world. Founded in 1660, the Society’s past members include Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin. Current Fellows include Brian Cox and Sir Tim Berners-Lees. Professor Farooqi joins a distinguished line of women scientists to be recognised by the Society; Caroline Herschel’s paper on the discovery of a new comet was published in 1787, and the first female Fellows were elected in 1945, including Nobel Prize winner Dorothy Hodgkin.

You can view Sadaf’s profile on the Royal Society website here.

You can find out more about Sadaf’s work in her recent Cambridge Festival webinar on ‘Skinny Genes’.