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Dr Daniel Gibbs and Dr Iain Johnston have both been awarded the President’s Medal by the SEB, which is awarded annually to young scientists of outstanding merit.

Dr Gibbs was awarded the medal in the Plant Biology section, and Dr Johnston was awarded in the Cell Biology section. As the award is open to the global scientific community, this represents a 'double success' for the School of Biosciences and the University of Birmingham. Both winners will be presented with their awards at the annual SEB conference, which takes place in Seville in July this year.

Dr Johnston commented: "I'm really honoured to receive this award and hugely grateful to the SEB and to my collaborators and colleagues for their support, without which this work wouldn't have been possible. My group's research often involves computational and statistical experiments as well as those in the lab and field; it's great to see these interdisciplinary approaches being welcomed by the scientific community!"

Daniel Gibbs commented: “I am extremely thankful to the selection committee for recognising my scientific contributions with this prestigious award, and of course to my former supervisors and current colleagues around the world for their continued collaboration and guidance.  I am very much looking forward to delivering a keynote lecture on my research into protein-degradation-based signalling in plants at the SEB’s annual meeting in Seville in July.”