Institute of Genetics and Cancer

Maria Christophorou awarded Wellcome Trust Beit prize

MRC Human Genetics Unit researcher recognised as an outstanding scientist: February 2015

Launched in 2009, the Wellcome-Beit Prize Fellowships provide additional recognition to four outstanding biomedical researchers who have been awarded other Wellcome Trust fellowship funding.

IGMM News 2015 - maria

Dr Maria Christophorou, based in the MRC Human Genetics Unit, was awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship by the Royal Society and Wellcome Trust in December 2014, recognising her as an outstanding scientist building an independent research career addressing an important biomedical question.

This additional Wellcome Trust Beit prize, only awarded to four outstanding scientists each year, is additional recognition of Maria’s success and aims to promote the advancement by research of medicine and allied sciences.

The prize has previously been awarded to many eminent scientists, including Nobel Prize winners and others who have gone on to be the International leaders in their fields.

It is truly an honour to receive the Wellcome-Beit Prize and I hope that it reflects the interest of the broader scientific community in citrullination as an important emerging field of biomedical research. The additional funding, which is flexible, will allow us to explore some ideas that go beyond our initial objectives and this is a great privilege.

Dr Maria ChristophorouMRC Human Genetics Unit