Carole Perry is a professor of chemistry at Nottingham Trent University, in the United Kingdom. Her research interests lie where biology, chemistry, and physics intersect, and are directed in particular toward understanding how biomolecules and inorganic materials interact in aqueous media. Her research group has recently published a detailed study on how subtle differences in the surface chemistry of nanoparticulate silica determine the binding affinity of peptides.
While at Radcliffe, Perry will work with the David Kaplan Lab at Tufts University (biomedical engineering), the Aizenberg Biomineralization and Biomimetics Lab at Harvard University, and Markus J. Buehler's Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (computational simulations) on laboratory and computer-based studies to increase our fundamental understanding of the biomolecule-mineral interface. An understanding of these interactions could be highly relevant for the design of novel materials and processing technologies with applications in fields as diverse as biological imaging, implant integration, food and drug processing, and electronic materials. She will also explore the varying approaches taken by academics from different disciplines when formulating research ideas, and how these are transitioned to multidisciplinary environments.
Perry received her BA and DPhil degrees from the University of Oxford. She has been a visiting research fellow or professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Universität Karlsuhe, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, and the Weizmann Institute of Science. She also served as an elected trustee and council member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and chaired Heads of Chemistry UK.