Biochemical Society 2014 award winners announced

The scientists receive the awards in recognition of their achievements in a wide variety of fields of research and development. The awards recognise the excellence of their work and the profound implications their work has had for the research community and wider society.

Colworth Medal – Madan Babu (MRC LMB, Cambridge, UK) Group leader at MRC Hills Road, Cambridge, Madan is well known for his expertise in bioinformatic analysis of protein structure and gene networks.

Novartis Prize and Medal – Jeff Errington (University of Newcastle, UK) for his outstanding contributions to our understanding of bacterial cell biology. Errington has also been prominent as a leader in translating basic research into drug discovery, and in promoting bacteriology in the UK.

GlaxoSmithKline Award – Juan Martin-Serrano (King’s College London, London, UK) for his work on viral assembly and trafficking.

Heatley Medal and Prize – Shankar Balasubramanian (University of Cambridge, UK) for his role in developing novel high throughput sequence methodologies that are having a profound impact on medical and environmental sciences.

Morton Award – Harvey McMahon (MRC LMB, Cambridge, UK) for his pioneering work on protein-membrane interactions and their biological consequences.

 Biochemical Society Centenary Award – Susan Taylor (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, USA) for her fundamental contributions to understanding the structure and function of protein kinases.

 Keilin Award – Vamsi Mootha (Harvard Medical School, USA) in recognition of his contribution to mitochondrial biology and understanding mitochondria-based diseases.

Early Career Research Award – Cells – Melina Schuh (MRC LMB, UK) for her work on the developmental biology of mammalian oocytes.

Early Career Research Award – Molecular Structure and Function – John Burke (MRC LMB, UK) for his work on the structural biology of signalling pathways.

Professor Steve Busby, Chairman of the Awards Committee, said, ‘In the year the Biochemical Society celebrates 50 years of the Colworth Medal, it seems fitting that the 2014 winners demonstrate the strong future of biomolecular research in the UK and internationally. Our awards programme looks to not only showcase work already completed but to look ahead to the possibility of research yet to be done’.

Award lectures will be presented throughout 2014 and will be published in Biochemical Society Transactions

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