Professor Sue Wray, a reproductive health expert from the University’s Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, has been voted Liverpool’s Echo’s knowledge hero.
As part of the city’s first knowledge festival, the Liverpool Echo asked readers to vote for the person they thought had done most through their knowledge to make the world a better place.
Professor Wray, carries out research at the ‘Centre for Better Births’ – a joint initiative involving the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Women’s Hospital which aims to make childbirth safer for women worldwide. She was announced as the winner at a knowledge summit attended by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, business leaders and academics.
She said: “Wow! I’m in shock and awe because there were so many terrific names on the Echo’s list. And I was the only lady on it, so it’s a case of girl power! I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for me.”
She added: “This will give a great boost to all the team in our work to try and make childbirth safer.”
Professor Neil Hall and Dr Anthony Hall from the University’s Institute of Integrative Biology who are leading research into genome sequencing of wheat came third in the poll.
The late Professor Tom Reilly, who worked at Liverpool John Moores University and was the UK’s first professor of sports science and sports science advisor to the British Olympic Association was voted second in the poll.
The University is a member of the Athena Swan Charter, which aims to develop and support women in Science, Engineering and Technology subject areas.