KNCV Gold Medal for Biomolecule Visualization

KNCV Gold Medal for Biomolecule Visualization

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Dr. Sjors Scheres, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK, has been awarded the KNCV Gouden Medaille (Gold Medal) by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging (KNCV, Royal Dutch Chemical Society). The award was presented during the conference CHAINS 2015, taking place November 30 to December 2, 2015, in Veldhoven, The Netherlands.

The KNCV Gold Medal is the major Dutch chemistry prize, honoring researchers who have distinguished themselves in the field of chemical research in the broadest sense. Dr. Scheres is honored for his work on structure determination using cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). He has developed software that allows researchers to obtain almost atomic level information about the structure of biomolecules, without a need to crystallize them. Producing crystals of, e.g., proteins can be difficult, but is usually necessary to determine their structure using X-ray crystallography.

Sjors Scheres
studied chemistry at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, where he received his Ph.D. in protein crystallography. After post-doctoral research in the group of Jose-Maria Carazo, National Biotechnology Center, Madrid, Spain, he started his group at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK, in 2010. His main interest is the development of new methods for high-resolution cryo-EM structure determination.

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