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.
The research of Malene Jensen focuses 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.
After obtaining her Ph.D. in 2006 at the Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, she joined the group of Dr. Martin Blackledge (Protein Dynamics and Flexibility) at the Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS) in Grenoble as a postdoctoral fellow. She was recruited by the CNRS in 2009 in order to continue her research activities at the IBS. Malene Jensen mainly uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy in solution that provides information at atomic resolution about the structure and dynamics of proteins. In particular, NMR provides detailed insight into the conformational behaviour of disordered proteins and their interactions with physiological partners. Using experimental data from NMR in combination with computational methods, Malene Jensen has been able to contribute to the understanding of the role played by disordered proteins in the transcription and replication machinery of Measles virus as well as other members of the Paramyxoviridae family. Currently, her research focuses on understanding how intrinsically disordered proteins