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GUC Graduate Mohamed El Brolosy Wins the Renowned Max Birnstiel Award

In Alumni
Friday, September 6, 2019

Mohamed El-Brolosy of the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research and our distinguished alumnus of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, class 2014 has just been awarded the Max Birnstiel award for his Ph.D. research on genetic compensation that was published last April in Nature, which is a multidisciplinary scientific journal, first published on 4 November 1869. It is considered one of the most recognizable scientific journals in the world and was ranked the world's most-cited journal by the Science Edition of the 2010 Journal Citation Reports and is ascribed an impact factor of 43.070. Mohamed is now a Ph.D. student at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim, Germany since 2016.

Mohamed has made the following statement upon receiving the award:

"I am highly thankful for the education I received at the #GUC that enabled me to succeed outside!"

From over 100 nominations that were received from institutions in Europe, the US, and Asia – they all put forward their most talented Ph.D. students from the previous year, covering a broad spectrum of the molecular life sciences, Mohamed among 2 other colleagues was chosen!

The International Birnstiel Award has been conferred for the first time this year and will become an annual celebration of outstanding achievements by doctoral students in molecular life sciences. It is endowed by the Max Birnstiel Foundation and the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology. Awardees attend the Vienna BioCenter Ph.D. Symposium on 7 and 8 November, where they will receive a certificate, trophy and cash prize of 2,000 Euro. While any academic institution in the world is entitled to submit a nomination, nominations are limited to one per institution or Ph.D. program. Due to the highly competitive nature of the selection, the Birnstiel Award will become a flagship accolade to celebrate emerging leaders in molecular life science research.

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“We were very impressed by the overwhelming number and quality of nominations that we received”, said Meinrad Busslinger, Deputy Director of the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) and chair of the selection panel. “The three awardees have made contributions to their field that are exceptional in the frame of doctoral studies, and they show great promise for stellar research careers. I hope to speak in the spirit of Max Birnstiel in saying that it is a privilege for us to highlight these three colleagues as an inspiration for any young scientist.”

To get a glimpse about Mohamed's research work click the following link:

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