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The Svedberg Prize 2021 to Ville R. I. Kaila, Stockholm University

Ville Kaila. Foto: Markus Marcetic

Press release March 14 2022.

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The Svedberg

The Svedberg (1884-1971, actually Theodor Svedberg) was a professor of physical chemistry at Uppsala University. His research focused on colloids and macromolecular compounds. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1926 for the discoveries he made with the analytical ultracentrifuge he developed.

About The Svedberg Prize

The prize is awarded to a successful biochemist or molecular biologist who is active in Sweden and who has not turned 40 during the year that the prize is awarded.

The Svedberg Prize is a scientific recognition awarded annually in connection with the Swedish Conference on Macromolecular Structure and Function (Sweprot). In addition to a medal, the award also includes a prize of SEK 40,000. The Svedberg Prize is awarded by the Swedish National Committee for Molecular Biosciences within the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA) together with the Swedish Society for Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (SFBBM).

This year, two Prizes were awarded, one for 2021 (to Ville R. I. Kaila, Stockholm University) and one for 2022 (to Benjamin Murrell, Karolinska Institutet). They will be presented at the 2nd National Meeting of the Swedish Chemical Society (SCS2022) in Linköping, on the 20-22th of June 2022 and at the 25th Sweprot in Tällberg, on the 17-20th of June 2022, respectively.

The Svedberg Prize 2021 to Ville R. I. Kaila, Stockholm University

The 2021 prize is awarded to Ville R. I. Kaila, Stockholm University (SU), for his contributions to our understanding of the respiratory chain. His main research focuses on understanding molecular principles of enzyme catalysis and to develop new methodology of computational biochemistry in combination with biophysical experiments. His research aims to address the molecular mechanisms by which biological systems capture and transduce chemical and light energy.

Ville holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Helsinki and joined SU in 2019, where he now holds the position of Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Wallenberg Academy Fellow (2019).

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