Earlier this year, the 2019 EMBO Gold Medals were awarded to two systems biologists, M. Madan Babu and Paola Picotti.
Babu, who is based at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK, received the award for his fundamental contributions to the field of computational molecular biology, specifically for his discoveries in the areas of G protein–coupled receptor signaling and intrinsically disordered proteins. Picotti, from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, was recognized for conceptual and technological breakthroughs in the mass spectrometric analysis of proteins and proteomes, specifically for enabling the analysis of protein conformational changes in situ and on a proteome-wide scale.
EMBO awards the Gold Medal annually to exceptional life scientists under the age of 40 in Europe. Babu and Picotti will each receive a gold medal and a cash prize of €10,000 and give a presentation at the ASCB|EMBO Meeting. The EMBO Gold Award Lectures will take place on Monday, Dec. 9 at 3 pm.. Picotti will present “Proteomes In 3D,” and Babu will present “Data Science Approaches To Biological Systems.”
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