Professor Judy Hirst

Professor Judy Hirst FRS, FMedSci

Director of the Medical Research Council Mitochondrial Biology Unit Professor of Biological Chemistry, University of Cambridge


Professor Judy Hirst (Chemistry, 1990) is a physical chemist who combines structural, biochemical and chemical techniques to pioneer studies of energy conversion in complex redox enzymes, and is known particularly for her work on mammalian respiratory complex I, an energy-transducing, mitochondrial redox enzyme of fundamental and medical importance, and for solving its structure by electron cryomicroscopy.

Judy was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2018 and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2019.

She is also a Fellow and Director of Studies for Chemistry at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.