Travel Award 2018
This year we enjoyed a large number of very highy meritorious applications for our annual Toxin Travel Awards. It was not an easy task to select the top two candidates. Nevertheless, with the assistance of our Section Editors, I believe we have identified two outstanding candidates. Thus, as Editor-in-Chief of Toxins, I am pleased to announce the winners of the Toxins Travel Awards for 2018:
Travel awards were granted to Dr. Kwok Ho Lam, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Rongsheng Jin’s lab at University of California, USA, and to Dr. Anneleen Pletinck, a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Griet Glorieux’s lab at Campus Ghent University Hospital, Belgium.
Dr. Kwok Ho Lam studies the structure and function relationship of botulinum neurotoxins, with a particular emphasis on the acidinduced channel formation of Botulinum neurotoxin, the inhibition mechanism of nanobodies targeting Botulinum neurotoxin.
Dr. Anneleen Pletinck’s work focuses on the link between uremic toxins and endothelial glycocalyx damage in chronic kidney disease.
We are proud to support these young scientists working in the field of toxinology and wish them further success in their careers.
Travel Awards 2017
I am pleased to announce the winners of the Toxins Travel Awards for 2017. We had planned to fund two awards, but the quality of the applications was stellar, and we couldn’t narrow down the winners to just two!
Travel Awards were granted to: Dr. Marco Pirazzini, a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Cesare Montecucco’s lab, University of Padova, Italy; Dr. Natalie Saez, a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Glenn King’s lab, University of Queensland, Australia; and Ms. Rachel A. Miller, Ph.D. student in Dr. Martin Wiedmann’s lab, Cornell University, USA.
Dr. Marco Pirazzini studies the molecular mechanism of action of botulinal neurotoxins expressed by Clostridium botulinum.
Dr. Natalie Saez’s work focuses on the interactions of toxins expressed by arachnids and insects with acid-sensing channels and voltage-gated sodium channels.
Ms. Rachel A. Miller’s research focuses on the distribution, regulation, and contributions to pathogenicity, of toxins produced by Bacillus cereus and nontyphoidal Salmonella.
Vernon L. Tesh, Ph.D.
Travel Awards 2016
As Editor-in-Chief of Toxins, I am pleased to announce the winners of the Toxins Travel Awards for 2016:
Travel Awards were granted to Dr. Kartik Sunagar, Marie Curie Fellow in Dr. Yehu Moran’s lab at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and to Dr. Philipp Wiemann, a post-doctoral researcher in Dr. Nancy Keller’s lab at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
Dr. Kartik Sunagar studies animal venoms to understand various aspects in evolutionary biology and ecology, with a particular emphasis on molecular evolution, predator-prey interactions, mechanisms of toxic action and the role of environmental and ecological factors in driving the evolution of venom – the nature’s most complex biochemical cocktail.
Dr. Philipp Wiemann has been working with Aspergillus species, including the opportunistic human pathogen A. fumigatus and the aflatoxin producing plant pathogen A. flavus. His research mainly focuses on a specific natural product of A. fumigatus, called hexadehydroastechrome, that when over-produced contributes to virulence in mice.
Vernon L. Tesh