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05.09.17 Ufuk Günesdogan wins €1.65 M career development award

last modified Sep 14, 2017 10:28 AM
The 2017 Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards have been announced and a Gurdon Institute postdoc in the Surani lab is one of the six winners
05.09.17 Ufuk Günesdogan wins €1.65 M career development award

Mouse primordial germ cells at embryonic day 10.5

Ufuk Günesdogan from the Surani lab secures prestigious career development award

Ufuk is one of six winners of the 2017 Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards, among Germany's most valuable science awards. He will receive up to €1.65M over five years to run his own research group at the University of Göttingen, in the Johann Friedrich Blumenbach Institute for Zoology and Anthropology.

"I am honoured and delighted to be selected to receive this award", said Ufuk, "as it will allow me to set up my own group to investigate how the non-coding part of the genome as well as epigenetic modifications control the expression of genes during the development of primordial germ cells".

Ufuk adds: "I have enjoyed a stimulating and unique research environment as well as excellent training during my postdoc time in the Surani lab at the Gurdon Institute. I will surely benefit from this experience when taking this next step in my career."

The awards, made by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, are for international young researchers aged in their 30s and are designed to support innovative projects with risk capital. The award presentation will take place on 15th November 2017 in a formal ceremony in Berlin.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has an enviable track record in backing top scientists, with 54 Nobel Prize winners among its network of alumni.


Original press release from the Humboldt Foundation.

Read more about research in the Surani lab.

Institute reopening

The Gurdon Institute reopened on Monday 15th June. Many staff will continue to work from home, and all staff may be contacted by email.

Studying development to understand disease

The Gurdon Institute is funded by Wellcome and Cancer Research UK to study the biology of development, and how normal growth and maintenance go wrong in cancer and other diseases.

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