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Prof. Dr. Susan M. Gasser, Member of the Leopoldina, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research Basel, is the winner of the 2012 FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award. She will be awarded September 7. Gassner is honoured for her research on genome stability and epigenetics. The award also recognizes her commitment to mentoring women pursuing a career in science.
Extract from the press release of EMBO (15 February 2012):
"The FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award rewards exceptional achievements of a female researcher in molecular biology over the previous five years. Winners of the award are role models who inspire future generations of women in science.
The Gasser laboratory studies two research topics of central importance to human health and disease: the maintenance of genome stability through DNA repair, and the role of epigenetic inheritance during tissue differentiation. Susan and her colleagues have examined how the experience of the cell and the environment affects the epigenetic code in different organisms. The Swiss scientist has authored more than 200 scientific articles and reviews over the last thirty years. The implications of her research are far-reaching for human disease, notably cancer."