Anna Alemany winner of the SBE-33 prize 2019
The Executive Council of SBE has awarded the 2019 AntalGenics – SBE-33 prize to:
Dr. Anna Alemany, Hubrecht Institute (Utrecht, The Netherlands),
For her studies on fluctuations and kinetic states in diverse biological processes such as nucleic acid folding or cell differentiation during embryo development, and the development of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tools to characterize the lineage of individual cells.
About Dr. Anna Alemany
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research (Utrecht, The Netherlands).
Dr. Alemany obtained her B.Sc. in Physics and her M. Sc. in Biophysics in the University of Barcelona. In 2014, she obtained her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Felix Ritort in the University of Barcelona. Her research was focused on the study of molecular fluctuations to extract information about the molecular free energy landscape, using experimental single-molecule force-spectroscopy techniques (optical tweezers) and different theoretical approaches (fluctuation theorems and transition state theory). Together with her colleagues, she extended the use of fluctuation relations to determine the thermodynamic properties of molecular kinetic states from non-equilibrium experiments for the first time.
During her postdoc in Alexander van Oudenaarden lab (Hubrecht Institute), Anna Alemany is investigating cellular differentiation as a non-equilibrium process involving sequential kinetic states. There, she developed a novel technique using Cas9-genome editing to perform lineage tracing on single cells during embryo development. Combined with scRNA-seq, this is essential to quantitatively investigate the trajectories involved in cellular processes and cell-fate commitment from a biophysical point of view.
About the AntalGenics – SBE-33 Prize
Recognizes the work of outstanding young Biophysicists under 33, independently of the country where their work has been done.
Outstanding young Biophysicists under 33, independently of the country where their work has been done. Preference is given to members of the SBE.
1000 € and a talk scheduled within the programme of the EBSA 10th ICBP – IUPAP Biophysics Congress (Madrid, 20 – 24 July 2019).
Past winners of this prize
- 2018: Joan Camuñas-Soler (Stanford, USA).
- 2017: María Queralt-Martín (Bethesda, USA) and Álvaro Inglés (Klosterneuburg, Austria).
- 2016: Lorena Redondo-Morata (Marseille, France).
- 2015: Cecilia Artola (Madrid, Spain).
- 2014: Jorge Alegre-Cebollada (Madrid, Spain).
- 2013: Anna Shnyrova (Bilbao, Spain).
- 2012: Sergi García Manyes (London, UK).
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