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Biochemical Society announces its 2022 award recipients

30 Mar 2021 10:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The work and contribution of eleven eminent bioscientists and exceptional early career researchers has been acknowledged in the annual Biochemical Society Awards. Each recipient has been recognised for excellence in their field of the biosciences, ranging from bioenergetics and 3D whole organ microscopy to prokaryotic cells and cancer research. 


Professor Colin Bingle, Professor of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Sheffield, and Chair of the Biochemical Society’s Awards Committee, says: “We are living in extraordinary times and the COVID-19 pandemic has helped to shine a light on the value of high-quality research and collaboration in the life sciences. Amongst this year’s nominees, there were some excellent, outstanding scientists which made the judging process very difficult. Every year, I am impressed by the contribution of these innovators and it is inspiring to see our winners are all on an upward trajectory in their chosen field. My heartfelt congratulations to our 2022 winners!” 


Dr Maria Marti Solano, one of our Early Career Research award recipients, adds: “I am delighted to receive this award. I would like to thank my nominators, especially Dr M. Madan Babu, who is not only a really inspiring scientist but also an excellent mentor. Due to its multi-disciplinary nature, my research would not have been possible without the outstanding experimental and computational collaborators I’ve been lucky to work with in the past years, so I’d like to take this chance to thank them all for their continued support.”


The full list of recipients of the Biochemical Society’s 2022 Awards are:


The AstraZeneca Award

Dr Sjors Scheres, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology


The Centenary Award

Professor Jeremy Thorner, University of California Berkeley


The Colworth Medal

Dr Tanmay Bharat, University of Oxford


Early Career Research Award

Dr Hendrik Messal, The Netherlands Cancer Institute


Early Career Research Award

Dr Maria Marti Solano, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology


The GlaxoSmithKline Award

Dr Ivan Ahel, University of Oxford  


Industry and Academic Collaboration Award

Professor Matthias Trost, Newcastle University


International Award

Dr James Murphy, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research


The Keilin Memorial Lecture Award

Professor Leonid Sazanov, Institute of Science and Technology Austria


The Morton Lecture Award

Professor Valerie O’Donnell, Cardiff University


Teaching Excellence Award

Dr Dave Lewis, University of Leeds  


You can read more about the recipients here >


Each year the Biochemical Society presents a series of prestigious awards that recognize excellence and achievement in both specific and general fields of science. Six of these awards are presented annually and the remaining are awarded either biennially or triennially. Candidates are nominated by their peers and the winners are agreed by a judging panel of respected scientists, from across a range of different scientific backgrounds.


These winners will receive their prize and deliver an award or medal lecture in 2022. All of the awards and medal lectureships carry prize money and, as part of the prize, winners will also be invited to submit an article to one of the Society’s publications.


Nominations for the Biochemical Society’s 2023 Awards open in August 2021 and can be made by and for members and non-members alike.

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