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Rossmann earns two prestigious awards for world-changing research



Biological Sciences professor Michael Rossmann (center) picked up two more prestigious awards for his recent work.

Biological Sciences professor Michael Rossmann added two more prestigious awards to his collection this month.

Rossmann, who earlier this year was part of the team that discovered the structure to the Zika virus, is the 2016 recipient of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics for pioneering contributions to high-resolution diffraction analysis of atomic structures of proteins and viruses.

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics was established through the generosity of Dr. Raymond and Mrs. Beverly Sackler. The prize is intended to promote originality and excellence of research in the field of biophysics.

On Oct. 25, Rossmann was given a prize from the Microbiology Society. He was revealed to be a 2017 winner for his significant contribtirutions to the field of microbiology. The winners will each present a prize lecture at the Microbiology Society’s Annual Conference 2017, being held from April 3 to 6 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Scotland.

Rossmann is well known for his enormous contributions to the development of the science of protein crystallography and our understanding of virus structures. In 1985, he and his colleagues first solved the structure of human rhinovirus type 14, a serotype of the common cold virus. More recently, he has also worked on the structures of many other viruses, including enterovirus type 68 and dengue.

Rossmann has over 500 papers to his name, and has received numerous awards, including being elected as a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and as a Foreign Member of the Royal Society.

Of his award, he said: “I am deeply touched by the honor given to me by being awarded the Microbiology Society Prize Medal. Most scientists, including me, have experienced the pleasure of making significant discoveries. It is a wonderful feeling to know that others have also appreciated and enjoyed the significance of a discovery and in particular the intellectual journey that made the discovery, or more likely series of discoveries, possible. However, success is not the end of the road, but a challenge for further exploration.”

The Prize Medal is awarded to an outstanding microbiologist who is a global leader in their field and whose work has had a far-reaching impact beyond the discipline of microbiology. The recipient is awarded their engraved medal and £1,000 ($1,217.51) at the Society’s Annual Conference.

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