Dr Markus Ralser has been awarded the Biochemical Society's Colworth Medal for his work on the early evolution of cellular metabolism, and the dynamic nature of metabolism that allows living cells to adapt to stress situations.
Dr Ralser obtained his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPIMG), Berlin, Germany. After being introduced to mass spectrometry at the VU Amsterdam, he established a lab at the MPIMPG for studying basic principles of metabolism. The lab moved to the University of Cambridge in 2011, and in 2014, the lab became part of the Francis Crick Institute.
Responding to the news of the prize, he said, "I feel honoured to receive with the Colworth Medal which I accept this on behalf of my amazing students and many senior scientists who have supported me over the years.
"It is worth mentioning that the first Colworth Medal was awarded to Hans Kornberg in 1963 for the discovery of the glyoxylate cycle which is part of my research now. This shows how long biochemical research can last while still yielding increasingly exciting insights into how cells function."
The Colworth Medal is awarded annually to an outstanding research biochemist under the age of 35 years old and working mainly in the UK. Dr Ralser will receive the 2017 Colworth Medal when he delivers his Medal Lecture at a Biochemical Society conference next year.