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ientists grand prize winner and may present regional awards in four geographic regions: North America, Europe, Japan and all other countries. These regional winners receive $5,000 awards. In addition to the grand prize, the 2006 awards also recognize the following regional winners:

Dianne Schwarz (North America): For her essay, "Unraveling the mysteries of small RNAs." Schwarz received a Bachelors of Science degree from the State University of New York at Albany. She did undergraduate research in the laboratory of Caro-Beth Stewart where she studied the function of short interspersed repeats in primate DNA. As a graduate student in Phillip D. Zamore's lab at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, she characterized the RNA interference (RNAi) pathway in Drosophila and humans, and the therapeutic application of RNAi to diseases such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Schwarz' thesis work was recognized with a 2005 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award. She is currently a Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Erin K. O'Shea at Harvard University where she studies stress response in yeast.

Bernhard Loll (Europe): For his essay "Photosystem II, a bioenergetic nanomachine." Loll was born in Ravensburg, Germany. He studied chemistry at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, and received his diploma degree in 2000. During his diploma he worked in the group of G.E. Schulz and this stimulated his interest in biochemistry and protein-crystallography. He continued to follow these interests by pursuing PhD work in the group of W. Saenger at the Free University Berlin, Germany. There, Loll elucidated the three dimensional structure of photosystem II, in work done in cooperation with the group of A. Zouni from Technical University Berlin. Loll defended his PhD in February 2005 and is currently a postdoctoral scientist in the group of A. Meinhart at the Max Planck Institute fo
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