Judy Armitage

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Judy Armitage
Judith Patricia Armitage

(1951-02-21) 21 February 1951 (age 68)
Alma materUniversity College London
Spouse(s)John Jefferys
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society (2013)[1]
Scientific career
FieldsMolecular and cellular biochemistry
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
University College London
Merton College, Oxford
ThesisComparative biochemistry and physiology of the short and long forms of Proteus mirabilis (1976)

Judith Patricia Armitage FRS (born 1951) is a British molecular and cellular biochemist at the University of Oxford.

Early Life and Education[edit]

She attended Selby Girls' High School, an all-female grammar school, then located in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In her sixth form, the school became the co-educational Selby Grammar School.

Armitage earned a BSc in Microbiology at University College London in 1972, and was awarded a PhD in 1976 for research on the bacterium Proteus mirabilis.[2]. She remained at UCL in the laboratory of Micheal Evans for her postdoctoral work [3].

Research and Career[edit]

Armitage's research is largely based on the motion of bacteria by flagellar rotation and the chemotactic mechanisms used to control that motion.[4] Armitage was appointed Lecturer in Biochemistiry at Oxford in 1985 and was awarded the Title of Distinction of Professor of Biochemistry in 1996. Armitage is a fellow of Merton College, Oxford[5] and has served as Director of the Oxford University Centre for Integrative Systems Biology since 2006[6].[7][8][9][10]

Armitage was elected President of the Microbiology Society for 2019.[11]

Awards and honours[edit]

Armitage was awarded a Lister Institute Research Fellowship in 1982 [12].

In 2010 Armitage was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation [13] and in 2011 was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology [14].

Armitage was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2013. Her nomination reads:[1]

Judith Armitage is distinguished for pioneering contributions to the understanding of spatio-temporal complexity and cellular organisation in bacteria. Combining biophysics and in vivo light microscopy with molecular genetics she discovered a new protein partitioning system that exerts spatial control over sensory signalling pathways. Co-crystal structural studies of a sensory kinase and its cognate response regulator directly revealed single amino acid changes involved in pathway discrimination. The first direct measurements of the dynamics of rotor and stator proteins in rotating flagellar motors revealed exchange with free protein pools, an observation which fundamentally changed our understanding of bacterial motility and behaviour.


  1. ^ a b "Professor Judith Armitage FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2014-08-20.
  2. ^ Armitage, Judy (1976). Comparative biochemistry and physiology of the short and long forms of Proteus mirabilis (PhD thesis). University College London.
  3. ^ Armitage, Judy. "Professor Judith Armitage". Royal Society. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  4. ^ Armitage, Judy Profile at the University of Oxford
  5. ^ Armitage, Judy Profile at Merton College
  6. ^ "Professor Judy Armitage". Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  7. ^ Home Page Oxford University Centre for Integrative Systems Biology
  8. ^ Wadhams, G. H.; Armitage, J. P. (2004). "Making sense of it all: Bacterial chemotaxis". Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology. 5 (12): 1024–1037. doi:10.1038/nrm1524. PMID 15573139.
  9. ^ Armitage, J. P. (1999). "Bacterial Tactic Responses". Advances in Microbial Physiology. 41: 229–289. doi:10.1016/S0065-2911(08)60168-X. ISBN 9780120277414. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  11. ^ "Professor Judith Armitage named as next President of the Microbiology Society | www.merton.ox.ac.uk". www.merton.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  12. ^ "Lister Institute Former Fellows". Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  13. ^ "EMBO Member Profile for Judith P. Armitage". Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Professor Judy Armitage". Retrieved 10 November 2019.