Kenji Mori Medals 2020 and 2021

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  • Published Date: 18 September 2021
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RNDr. Miroslav Kvasnica, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, and Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences (pictured on the left), has been awarded the Kenji Mori Medal 2021 by the Isoprenoid Society, Prague, Czech Republic. Kvasnica was honored for an exceptional and multidisciplinary approach to the problem of research on natural substances.


The Kenji Mori Medal 2020 was awarded to Associate Professor Takayoshi Awakawa, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan (pictured on the right), for his interdisciplinary work in the field of natural substances.


The medal highlights the legacy of Professor Kenji Mori (1935 – 2019), an Honorary Fellow of the society and is awarded to a young scientist working in the field of natural substances research. The awardees get the opportunity to give a talk at the next Conference on Isoprenoids. Both the 2021 and 2020 prizes were originally supposed to be presented at this year's conference, but the event has been postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic, and the honorees will receive the medals by mail.

 

Kenji Mori medal from the workshop of academic sculptor Vladimir Oppel

Kenji Mori medal from the workshop of academic sculptor Vladimír Oppl.

 


Miroslav Kvasnica
studied chemistry at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, where he received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2007. He served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Denver, CO, USA, from 2009 to 2011 and as a Researcher at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences from 2006 to 2014. Since 2013, he is Lecturer at Palacký University and since 2014, he has served as Senior Scientist at the Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

His research focuses on the chemistry of natural compounds and organic synthesis, in particular, the synthesis of steroids with biological activities, skeletal modifications of steroids, steroidal complexes, and the medicinal chemistry of steroids.


Takayoshi Awakawa
studied applied life sciences at the Tokyo University of Science, Japan, where he received his Ph.D. in 2011. He then served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, USA, and as Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo. He was promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo in 2019.

Awakawa's research focuses on the biosynthesis of natural products, enzyme biocatalysts, and the search for bioactive substances.


Selected Publications by Miroslav Kvasnica


Selected Publications by Takayoshi Awakawa

 

 

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