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2014 FEBS -- EMBO Women in Science Award honors Pascale Cossart
Date:2/18/2014

Heidelberg, 18 February 2014 EMBO and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) announce Pascale Cossart, a world renowned bacteriologist and Professor at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, as the winner of the 2014 FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award.

Professor Cossart receives the award for her outstanding contributions to the study of how bacteria infect human and other cells, her active role in encouraging cooperation between different disciplines in the life sciences, and her support and mentoring of young scientists.

The FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a female researcher in molecular biology over the previous five years. Winners of the award are role models who inspire future generations of women in science.

Cossart has studied in detail how the infectious bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, a deadly food-borne pathogen, infects cells and leads to disease (for example, encephalitis, bacteremia, and gastroenteritis). Cossart and colleagues were the first to work out how Listeria monocytogenes enters and takes over cells that it infects. Her work has helped to build up a comprehensive picture of the genetic and biochemical processes that make this organism so effective and lethal.

"Her work has provided an incredible foundation for the study of how microorganisms infect cells and disrupt the essential processes needed in a healthy cell," said Julian Davies, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia.

Upon hearing of her distinction, the award winner said: "I am really happy. This prize is very different from any other award. It comes from EMBO and FEBS which means a lot. It not only recognizes scientific achievements but also social behaviour and engagement in the scientific community. I truly feel honoured and encouraged to go ahead."

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Contact: Barry Whyte
barry.whyte@embo.org
European Molecular Biology Organization
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