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The Svedberg Prize 2023 to Simon Elsässer, Karolinska Institutet

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 a doctoral degree not older than 12 years counting from the 1st January of the year when 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 35,000. 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).

The Svedberg Prize 2023 to Simon Elsässer, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

The 2023 prize is awarded to Simon Johannes Elsässer, Karolinska Institutet (KI), for his contributions to our understanding of epigenetic gene regulation. His main research focuses on the plasticity of gene expression in pluripotent stem cells, for which he has applied a wide range of techniques ranging from structural biology and classical biochemistry to modern epigenomics and single cell methods. He has established a unique research program developing novel synthetic and chemical biology tools to perform “biochemistry in the living cell”, with the aim of studying protein function in a mechanistic and quantitative manner, in the context of the complex cellular environment.

Simon holds a PhD from the David Rockefeller Graduate Program, Rockefeller University and joined KI in 2015, where he now holds the position of Associate Professor at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics and Wallenberg Academy Fellow (2021).

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