Rebekka Wild, CNRS researcher and team leader in the "Structure and activity of glycosaminoglycans" group at IBS, has been awarded the Impulscience grant by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.
This is the second year that the foundation has supported the research of 7 life science researchers with a grant of 2.3 million euros and the second IBS laureate.
Rebekka Wild’s team is interested in long sugar chains, which play an important role in many cellular processes. By studying the three-dimensional structure of proteins responsible for their assembly, thanks to a combination of structural biology approaches, her work aims to better understand the biosynthesis of these chains. The findings will help to develop drugs that modify the structure of these long sugar chains and thus protect cells against viral infections or cancer.