The Biochemical Society, which is the UK’s largest biosciences learned society, today announced that two of its premier prizes are to be awarded to members of the School of Biosciences and the Institute of Microbiology and Infection.

Biochemical Society

Dr Dave Grainger, Reader in Molecular Microbiology, will be awarded the 2016 Colworth Medal of the Biochemical Society. This is a prestigious annual award for outstanding research by a young biochemist of any nationality who has carried out the majority of their work in the UK. Donated in 1963 by Unilever Research Colworth Laboratory, the award is made to a scientist under the age of 36. The recipient is expected to give a lecture at both a conference of the Society and at Unilever Research Laboratories. Dave's research concerns the structure of bacterial chromosomes and he will be the 53rd recipient of the medal.

Dr David Grainger

In addition, Birmingham Fellow Anne-Marie Krachler will receive one of the Society's Early Career Research Awards. Every year, the Society selects a small number of areas and makes an award to a bioscientist with less than 6 years postdoctoral experience. Anne-Marie’s award is for research into Biological Systems and concerns the binding of pathogenic bacteria to host cells in the early stages of infection.

Dr Anne Marie Krachler

The School of Biosciences and the Institute of Microbiology and Infection congratulate Dave and Anne-Marie on their fantastic achievement.