Raúl Pérez-Jiménez, ‘E. Pérez Payá’ prize 2016
The Executive Council of SBE has awarded the 2016 “Enrique Pérez Paya” – SBE40 Prize to:
Raul Pérez-Jiménez (CIC nanoGUNE, San Sebastian, and Ikerbasque Foundation for Science, Bilbao).
For his studies of the mechanical properties of macromolecules.
About the 2016 Awardee
Dr. Raúl Pérez-Jiménez
Is Ikerbasque Research Professor and Principal Investigator of the Nanobiomechanics group at CIC nanoGUNE, San Sebastian (Spain).
Dr. Pérez-Jiménez obtained his PhD from the University of Granada in 2005. After spending a research period at the University of Maryland, he moved to Columbia University in New York for his postdoctoral research. At Columbia University he became an expert on single-molecule atomic force spectroscopy techniques. He pioneered single-molecule assays that demonstrated the mechanism of enzyme catalysis at the single-bond level. He combined the single-molecule techniques with his expertise on molecular evolution to probe the chemistry of ancestral enzymes reconstructed in the laboratory. In 2013 he joined CIC nanoGUNE as an Ikerbasque Research Professor. At nanoGUNE he continued his work on single-molecule protein mechanics and molecular evolution but also initiated a novel research line focused on the effect of mechanical forces on the proteins involved in viral and bacterial infections. His work has been published in high impact journals including Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, PNAS, Science, Nature, ACS Nano or JBC.
Please, visit the website of the Nanobiomechanics group at CIC nanoGUNE.
About the “Enrique Pérez-Paya” – SBE40 Prize
Awarded in memory of Dr. Enrique Pérez-Payá, SBE member who contributed to the development, translation and internationalization of Biophysics in Spain. He worked on peptide-membrane interactions and apoptosis and was a pioneer in the use of combinatorial chemistry to expand the chemical space for basic research and to develop peptide-based therapeutics. He was also an entrepreneur and always supportive of young biophysicists.
Biophysicists under 40 who develope their main activity in Spain. Preference is given to members of the SBE and to achievements from the last 10 years.
1500 € and a talk delivered by the awardee during a special session of the 5th SPBf / SBE Congress (Porto June 15 – 17, 2016).
Past winners of this prize
2015: Irene Diaz Moreno (Sevilla)
2014: Fernando Moreno (Madrid)
Sponsored by SBE and Werfen-Izasa-Beckman-Coulter:
2013: Xavier Salvatella (Barcelona)
2012: José Manuel Gómez Vilar (Lejona-Vizcaya)
2011: Teresa Giráldez (La Laguna)
2010: Pau Bernardó (Barcelona)
Please, visit the SBE website.