Forbes names University of Leicester academic in list of prodigious stars changing the world

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Dr Victoria McCoy recognised in annual ‘30 Under 30 Europe’ list for unique approach to study of fossil biomolecules

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 17 January 2017

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A researcher from the University of Leicester has been named to Forbes’ second annual ‘30 Under 30 Europe’ list in the Science and Healthcare Category.

Dr Victoria McCoy of the University of Leicester Department of Geology has been recognised for her innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of fossil biomolecules, which could extend our knowledge of fossil protein sequences by millions of years into deep time.

The ‘30 Under 30 Europe’ list features 300 young innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders across Europe who are under 30 years of age and who are transforming business, technology, finance, media, culture and more, as judged by some of the most accomplished and acclaimed individuals in each category. 

For the full list, please visit:

Dr McCoy, a paleontologist from the United States currently working at the University of Leicester and funded by a Royal Society Newton Fellowship, is studying the preservation of proteins in feathers in amber, with high hopes to someday determine the protein sequence of an ancient dinosaur feather.

Dr McCoy said: “It is so amazing to have Forbes magazine recognise the potential in my research, and such an honour to receive this award.”

Professor Sarah Gabbott from the University of Leicester Department of Geology, who is the Royal Society scientific sponsor for Dr McCoy and works with her, said: “This is an incredible honour and demonstrates that Tory has already made truly significant contributions to science and I have no doubt that she will continue to do so. That Forbes has made this award to Tory will, I hope, be an inspiration to other young women in science.”

The Forbes ‘30 Under 30 Europe’ list covers 10 categories – Arts, Entertainment, Finance, Industry, Media, Policy, Retail & Ecommerce, Science & Healthcare, Social Entrepreneurs and Technology – with each of the honorees vetted by a panel of expert judges in their respective fields. 

Randall Lane, Editor of Forbes, said: “Researching, vetting and launching Forbes’ second annual 30 Under 30 Europe list was an incredible task. We scoured the continent to find the most talented millennials and, with the help of our expert judges, are proud to honor 300 of the most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars in Europe right now.”

The criteria for honorees making the list included leadership and disruption in their field; entrepreneurial mindset and results; and the likelihood of changing their field over the next half-century.

The judges have created a unique list of the 300 prodigious stars who are making a difference in our world. 

The judges were:

  • Arts: Jeremy Till of University of the Arts London, Chef Heinz Beck, and Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani;
  • Entertainment:  Forbes editor Mike Ozanian, Afrojack, and British director SJ Clarkson;
  • Finance: Klaus Hommels of Lakestar, Henning Potstada of DWS, and Sonali De Rycker of Accel Ventures;
  • Industry: Phillip Greenish of Royal Academy, Stephane Israel of Arianespace, and former 30 Under 30 Honoree Cornel Amariei of Continental Automotive Systems;
  • Media: Kai Diekmann of Bild, Antonia Rados of RTL Group, and Max Guen of Magna Carta TV;
  • Policy: Josef Janning of European Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Youngs of Carnegie, Endowment Europe, and Brigid Laffan of European University Institute;
  • Retail: Amber Atherton of My Flash Trash and Dharmash Mistry of blow LTD;
  • Science: Barbara Prainsack of King’s College London, Jason Levine of IT and Clinical Informatics at National Cancer Institute, and Iain Woodhouse of University of Edinburgh;
  • Social Entrepreneurs: Forbes Editor Randall Lane, Cheryl Green from Echoing Green, and Jean Case from Case Foundation;
  • Tech: Brent Hoberman of, former 30 Under 30 Honoree Ophelia Brown at Local Globe, and Tom Hulme of Google Ventures.

The complete list, along with video interviews with some of the honorees, is online at

Forbes’ ‘Under 30’ franchise is a global multichannel platform, that comprises 30 Under 30 lists featuring young global game changers published in print and online all over the world; live summits in the U.S., Asia and Israel; an Under 30 channel on; and a Forbes Under 30 app.

To access Forbes magazine’s 2017 30 Under 30 U.S. list, please visit

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