Institut de Biologie StructuraleGrenoble / France

Prizes and distinctions

See the list of Prizes and Distinctions awarded to IBS members in:

2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 20092008200620052003


Cecile Morlot, recipient of the CNRS bronze medal


FRM team label for the Viral Replication Machines Group of Marc Jamin
The Viral Replication Machines Group of the IBS has just been certified as FRM team. The group will receive € 395 000 financial support from the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM) over 3 years. Know more about the project

Nicola Salvi, JMR Award
Nicola Salvi, postdoctoral fellow in the FDP group, won a JMR Award based on the abstract he submitted for the 58th Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference.


UGA prize awarded to Yann Fichou
Yann Fichou won the PhD thesis prize of the Doctoral School in Physics at the Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA). This prize honours PhD students who published their work as first authors in high-profile journals. During his PhD thesis in the DYNAMOP group, Yann studied Hydration water dynamics of the tau protein in its native and amyloid states.

Sigrid Milles awarded the SFB Young Scientist Research Prize
Sigrid Milles was awarded the the SFB Young Scientist Research Prize on December 16. Every year, this prize is given by the Société Française de Biophysique to a young PhD biophysicist, for its past and present research, its quality and originality.

During her PhD at the EMBL in Heidelberg, Sigrid developed an integrated chemical biology/single molecule fluorescence approach to study the intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) of the human nuclear pore complex. In her postdoc, in Martin Blackledge’s group at the IBS, she’s now analyzing IDPs by NMR. Using NMR data in addition to fluorescence, she could determine the characteristics of the molecular interactions that make nucleocytoplasmic transport at the time fast and specific.

ERC Consolidator Grant 2016 for Christophe Moreau
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a "Consolidator Grant" to Christophe Moreau for a project aiming at developing the Ion Channel-Coupled Receptor (ICCR) technology for in vitro diagnostic applications (details).


The prize Charles-Louis de Saulses de Freycinet awarded to Andrea Dessen
Every year, the french National Academy of Sciences awards prizes in different scientific areas. Among them, the price Charles-Louis de Freycinet is awarded for applications issued of molecular biology and dedicated to the prevention or cure of diseases.
In 2015 it was awarded to Andrea Dessen, research director at CNRS and head of the group "Bacterial Pathogenesis" at the IBS. The main goal of Andrea is the development of new antibiotherapies through structural and functional characterization of macromolecular complexes involved in the biosynthesis and repair of the bacterial wall. This award recognizes the importance of her results and the remarkable consistency of her research project.

Giorgio Shiro, Lewy-Bertaut Award Winner Giorgio Shiro
The 7th Lewy-Bertaut Prize awarded by two European scientific societies (the European Cristallographic Association & the European Neutron Scattering Association) went to Giorgio Shiro (IBS/DYNAMOP). This award recognizes his major achievements in the application of neutron scattering to the understanding of protein dynamics.

Gérard Arlaud, European Complement Network medalist
Gérard Arlaud, who directed the Molecular Enzymology Laboratory (LEM) of the IBS from 1992 to 2009, received the ECN (European Complement Network) medal during a ceremony held on 30 June 2015 in Uppsala (Sweden) as part of the 15th European Meeting on Complement in Health and Disease. This prestigious medal honours European scientists who have made outstanding contributions throughout their careers in the field of complement, a major system of innate immunity.

The Paoletti Prize awarded to Hugues Nury
Hugues Nury, research fellow at IBS (in the Membrane Tranporters group), will receive the prix Paoletti on Dec. 2 for his work on the structure of pentameric ligand-gated ion channels.
The Claude Paoletti Award is a scholarship from the Institute of Biological Sciences (CNRS), intended to support young researchers.

Malene Ringkjøbing Jensen, recipient of the CNRS bronze medal
Malene Ringkjøbing Jensen (IBS/FDP) is the recipient of a bronze medal of the CNRS 2015 for her work on intrinsically disordered proteins, a class of proteins that remain functional despite the lack of a well-defined three-dimensional structure.
Numerous intrinsically disordered proteins are associated with human diseases and Malene aims to elucidate the molecular mechanisms controlling the function of these proteins in order to potentially propose novel pharmacological solutions.


SFBBM Maurice Nicloux Price for Cécile Breyton

The French society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SFBBM) awarded its 2014 Maurice Nicloux Price to Cécile Breyton (IBS/M&P) for her work:
i) on the development of fluorinated surfactants for the biochemistry and structural study of membrane proteins and
ii) on the study of the structure and assembly of phage T5 tail.

ERC Starting Grant 2014 for Hugues Nury

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a "Starting Grant" to Hugues Nury (IBS/MEMBRANE) for his project of structural studies of mammalian Cys loop receptors. Details


Walter Hälg Prize awarded to Joe Zaccai
Giuseppe Zaccai (IBS) has just been awarded the prestigious Walter Hälg prize for an outstanding, coherent work in neutron scattering with long-term impact on scientific and/or technical neutron scattering applications.
The European Neutron Scattering Association underlined his “pioneering contributions to the application of neutron scattering to a range of biophysical and biochemical problems in biology, which has provided important insights in the debate on the relationship between molecular structure and dynamics and biological function, and for his leading advocacy of the role of neutron scattering in biological research.

UJF prize awarded to F.X. Gallat
François-Xavier Gallet won the Biology-Chemistry interface PhD thesis prize of the Chemistry and Biology Faculty at the Université Joseph Fourier (UJF). This prize honours PhD students who published their work as first authors in high-profile journals. During his PhD thesis, François-Xavier studied the dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins and of protein-polymer nanohybrids by neutron scattering and complementary methods.


Paul Schanda ERC Starting Grant 2012
A young IBS researcher, Paul Schanda (Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy Group) has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant* by the European Research Council (ERC) for his study of functional dynamics of proteins. The grant is worth EUR 1.49 million. Paul is the second researcher in the NMR group to obtain this prestigious grant (after Jerome Boisbouvier in 2010). Details


Eugenie Carletti awarded the SFB Young Scientist Research Prize
Eugénie Carletti (IBS/DSV) was awarded the Young Scientist Research Prize of the French Biophycis Society (SFB).

Loïc Salmon got Nine Choucroun Prize
The Price Nine Choucroun of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation was awarded to Loïc Salmon for his work on “the Conformational Disorder of Proteins Observed by Nuclear Magnetic resonance”.


ERC Starting Grant for Jerome Boisbouvier
Jerome Boisbouvier, researcher in the Biomolecular NMR spectroscopy Group at the IBS has been awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC).
His project, SeeNanoLifeInAction, aims to study real-time biological nanomachines in action by NMR.
More details on his career and his project are available here (in french only).

A prize from the French Academy of Sciences awarded to Carlo Petosa
Each year, the French Academy of Sciences distributes about 80 prizes. The 2010 Montyon price was awarded to Carlo Petosa, VIC group leader at the IBS.

SFBBM Young Scientist Price for Virgile Adam
The French society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SFBBM) granted the 2009 Dina Surdin price to Virgile Adam for his work on the development of new types of photo-activables proteins. He received it during the 37th Forum of the young researchers of the SFBBM in December 2010.

SFB Young Scientist Price for Paul Schanda
 French Biophysics Society (SFB) gave
 its work 
 fast methods of acquisition of NMR protein spectra.


CNRS Crystal for Jacques Joly
Jacques Joly (IBS/GSY) received one of the CNRS’s Crystals 2009, for its work on the FIP beamline at the ESRF

Gergely Katona winner of the ESRF Young scientist Award
Gergely Katona received the prize for his innovative experiments in the field of structural dynamics of proteins by using synchrotron radiation. The jury awarding the prize acknowledged the combination of X-ray crystallography, time-resolved Laue diffraction, time resolved wide angle X-ray scattering and Raman spectroscopy in his research, a method developed when he was part of the Laboratoire de Cristallographie et Cristallogénèse des Protéines.

AFC Price for Virgile Adam
The French Association of Crystallography (AFC) awarded its Biology prize to Virgile Adam for his mechanistic study of fluorescent photoactivables proteins by a combined approach of crystallography and spectroscopy


Paoletti Prize for Jerome Boisbouvier

Prix Claude-Paoletti 2008

Jerome Boisbouvier received the Claude Paoletti Prize for all its work on the development and application of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to structural studies of biological macromecules and their complexes.
This award is presented in memory of Claude Paoletti, former chief scientist of the CNRS Life Sciences Department who took many initiatives to support young researchers.

Kirstine Meyer prize awarded to Malene Ringkjøbing Jensen
Malene Ringkjøbing Jensen has been awarded the prestigious Kirstine Meyer prize for her research within protein chemistry and biology using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. She is currently a postdoc at the IBS in the group of Dr. Martin Blackledge (Protein Dynamics and Flexibility by NMR).
Kirstine Meyer (1861-1941) was Denmarks first female Ph.D in physics in 1909 (from the University of Copenhagen) . After her death, colleagues and friends established the prize in her memory. The Kirstine Meyer prize is awarded at least every second year to a young promising young Danish physicist or chemist..

CNRS Bronze Medal awarded to Jerome Boisbouvier
Jerome Boisbouvier (LRMN) is the recipient of one of the CNRS bronze medals for the year 2008. This distinction is meant to reward an ongoing and fruitful research activity and represents an encouragement from the CNRS to pursue it.
About 50 bronze medals are awarded annually.

Young Researchers’ Award of the Foundation Bettencourt-Schueller awarded to Helena Paidassi
Helena Païdassi (former IBS PhD student) has been awarded one of the 14 prizes of the Foundation Bettencourt-Schueller. These prices of 21,000 euros are awarded annually to young researchers involved in life sciences for post-doctoral training courses abroad.


CNRS bronze Medal for Guy Schoehn
Guy Schoehn is the recipient of one of the CNRS bronze medals for the year 2006. This distinction is meant to reward an ongoing and fruitful research activity and represents an encouragement from the CNRS to pursue it.
About 50 bronze medals are awarded annually.


CNRS Silver Medal awarded to E.Pebay-Peyroula
Eva Pebay-Peyroula, Professor at Joseph Fourier University and Director of the Institute of Structural Biology, received one of the CNRS’s 2005 Silver Medals.
CNRS Silver Medals distinguish researchers who have performed original and important research that is recognized nationally and internationally. About fifteen medals are awarded annually.


BSA Young Investigators Prize for Martin Weik
The EBSA Young Investigators’ Medal and Prize was awarded to Martin Weik.
This prize is given to a promising young scientist within 12 years of completion of his PhD at the time the prize is given. Candidates should be working in one of the Member countries.