Institut de Biologie StructuraleGrenoble / France

Prizes and distinctions

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

2021 - 2020 - 2019 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 20092008200620052003

2021

Andrea Dessen, recipient of the CNRS Silver Medal
Andréa Dessen (IBS/Bacterial Pathogenesis group) has been awarded the 2021 Silver Medal of the CNRS. This medal is presented to a researcher for the originality, quality, and importance of their work, which is recognized at national and international levels. This Prize rewards her work on the bacterial virulence factors and cell wall biosynthesis machineries (details).


Hélène Malet, winner of the CNRS Bronze Medal
Hélène Malet, Associate Professor at the University of Grenoble Alpes and researcher in the Electron Microscopy and Methods group of the IBS, has been awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal for the year 2021 for her work on viral proteins involved in viral replication and transcription (details). This medal rewards the first work of a researcher, which makes him/her a talented specialist in his/her field.


Jennyfer Trouve, IBS Young Scientist 2021
The IBS Young Scientist Award of 2021 has been attributed to Jennyfer Trouve, a 3rd year PhD student from the IBS Pneumococcus group, for her work on bacterial cell wall synthesis. Jennyfer conducted her studies using super-resolution microscopy on the human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. In addition to the novel concepts her work brings to the morphogenesis of ovococci (egg-shaped) bacteria, the innovative experimental approach she developed will be applied in the future to mutant strains or in combination with antibiotics to dissect the role of proteins involved in bacterial growth and division. Since the cell wall is a common trait of all bacterial species, this approach also offers very promising perspectives for the study of morphogenesis and division in other bacteria. In addition to her intense research activity, Jennyfer has also been very involved in the IBS community life.


2020

Hélène Malet appointed Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF)
Hélène Malet, Associate Professor at the University Grenoble Alpes and research scientist in Dr. Guy Schoehn’s Methods and Electron Microscopy group at IBS, was appointed Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) beginning from October 1, 2020 for a period of five years. Hélène is recognized for her work on viral proteins involved in viral replication and transcription, in particular viral polymerases (details).


ICMRBS Founders’ Medal awarded to Paul Schanda
The International Council on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems (ICMRBS) awarded the 2020 Founders’ Medal to Paul Schanda (IBS/NMR). This prestigious award was established in 2002 by the ICMRBS to recognize exceptional contributions by young scientists to the development and progress of the field of magnetic resonance in biological systems. Paul is is recognized for his achievement in developing solid-state NMR techniques for studying protein dynamics and applying these techniques to understand membrane protein transporters, chaperones, and enzyme complexes (details).


Paul Schanda receives Varian Young Investigator Award
The EUROMAR committee awarded the Varian Young Investigator prize to Paul Schanda (IBS/NMR). This prestigious award was created in honour of Russel Varian, a pioneer in NMR spectroscopy, to recognize a single investigator within the first 12 years of his/her independent career, for achievements in any area of magnetic resonance.
This award recognises Paul Schanda’s methodological developments to characterise the dynamics and structure of proteins in solid and liquid states. Some of the methods developed by his team are widely used to monitor, for example, the kinetic processes of proteins, or to detect transient conformational states (details).


Kirill Kovalev, IBS Young Scientist 2020
Kirill Kovalev, of the IBS Membrane Transporters Group, is the recipient of the IBS Young Scientist of the Year Award for his publications since June 2019 on the structure of membrane proteins, in particular microbial rhodopsins.
This prize is awarded every year by the IBS group leaders and presented during the annual Scientifc Day, during which the recipient is requested to give a talk. As the IBS Day was cancelled in June 2020 due to the sanitary situation, this prize was presented during the 02/10/20 IBS seminar.
To know more : Sci Rep​. 9(1):18547 (2019) ; Nat. Commun​. 10, 4939 (2019)​ ; Crystals.​ 10, 6 (2020) ; ​PNAS​. 117, 8 (2020), Nat. Commun.​ 11, 2137 (2020)


Solène Besson, winner of the ’Silab-Jean Peaufique’ corporate foundation prize
Solène Besson, PhD student in the ’Adenovirus’ team of Pascal Fender (MEM group) is the 2020 winner of the ’Silab-Jean Peaufique’ corporate foundation prize. The objective of this Foundation is to provide active and constant support to fundamental and applied research in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of dermatological pathologies, and more particularly, skin cancers. Solène Besson will be financially supported for three years to carry out her experiments in the field of melanoma immunotherapy.

2019

Adrien Favier (IBS/NMR) is the recipient, with his colleagues, of the CNRS collective cristal medal 2019 for his involvement in the very high field nuclear magnetic resonance infrastructure (IR-RMN-THC), as operational manager of the Grenoble platform.
Adrien Favier (IBS/NMR) and 6 other operational managers of the national network of flagship NMR facilities providing High-Resolution and High-Field capabilities, as well as the administrative and financial manager, are recipients of the CNRS collective cristal medal 2019. This prize distinguishes research support teams that have carried out projects whose technicity, collective dimension, applications, innovation and outreach are particularly remarkable. This structure brings together 7 recognized NMR research centres (including the IBS) equipped with very high magnetic field spectrometers (11 instruments, from 750 to 1000 MHz proton frequency). For more than 10 years, this entity has been providing the French and European scientific community with access to its instruments as well as high-level technical and scientific expertise and support.
In Grenoble, Adrien Favier is operational manager of the IBS NMR platform, which operates six very high magnetic field spectrometers (600 MHz to 950 MHz proton frequency).


Paoletti Prize 2019 for Sigrid Milles (IBS/FDP)
On the 30st of Octobre, Sigrid Milles received the Paoletti Prize 2019 for her work on intrinsically disordered proteins studied by single molecule fluorescence and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. 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.


ERC Advanced Grant 2019 for Martin Blackledge
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded an "Advanced Grant" to Martin Blackledge, group leader of the Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS - CEA/CNRS/UGA mixed research unit), for his project on the atomic resolution description of highly dynamic molecular assemblies and their role in viral replication (details).


2018

Cecile Morlot, recipient of the CNRS bronze medal
Cécile Morlot (IBS/PG) is the recipient of a bronze medal of the CNRS 2018 for her work on morphogenesis and bacterial division of pneumococcus, combining structural and cell biology approaches (details).


ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Sigrid Milles
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a "Starting Grant" to Sigrid Milles, ‘flexibility and dynamics of proteins’ group at the IBS, to study intrinsically disordered proteins in endocytosis by single molecule fluorescence and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (details).


2017

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.

2016

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).

2015

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.


2014

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


2013

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.

2012

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

2011

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”.

2010

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.


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2009

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

2008

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.

2006

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.

2005

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.

2003

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.