Biochemical Society announces Eisenthal Prize winner

Laura Mariotti (University College London, UK)

The Biochemical Society today announced the winner of the Eisenthal Prize as Laura Mariotti (University College London, UK). Laura won the prize for her Summer Vacation Studentship project application ‘Structural studies of a Cdc37‐PP5 complex; regulation of Cdc37 by dephosphorylation’. The eight week placement will be supervised by Dr Cara Vaughan at Birkbeck College, London. The Summer Vacation Studentship scheme not only benefits the student as they get valuable lab experience, but the supervisor also gains an extra pair of hands.

Dr Cara Vaughan, said ‘It is always a pleasure to work with bright and enthusiastic young biochemists. Watching them engage in a research project, normally for the first time, and helping them develop their practical and analytical skills is one of the most enjoyable aspects of running a lab. Importantly these students can make a valuable contribution to ongoing research, which is why I’ve had an undergraduate intern working in my lab every summer since I became a PI! This wouldn’t be possible without financial support from organisations such as the Biochemical Society. The Summer Vacation Studentship scheme plays a key role enhancing students’ passion for science and developing future scientists in the UK.’

Laura Mariotti, undergraduate, University College London, said ‘I am very excited about the prospect of this internship. It is an incredible opportunity which promises an eye-opening insight into how a research lab works. I feel very lucky as an undergraduate to be able to expand my laboratory skills with all the resources afforded me in the lab and to experience the life of a professional scientist.’

The Eisenthal Prize is awarded in memory of Professor Robert Eisenthal, formerly of the Biology and Biochemistry Department at Bath University, he was a long standing and active member of the Biochemical Society. The Society instituted The Eisenthal Prize to honour his commitment to science education and wishes this prize to be a lasting mark of respect for a colleague who did so much to make the Studentship scheme so successful.

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