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Early career researchers honoured: Festive award ceremony at the Microverse End of the Year Event

At our Christmas party this year, we introduced the Microverse Early Career Scientist Award for the first time. A big shout-out to Raquel Alonso Roman and Dr. Alexander Hübner for their fantastic research work!

Winners and their research contributions

Raquel Alonso Roman belongs to the Microbial Pathogenicity Mechanisms group of Professor Hube and is an early career scientist with a focus on fungal-host interactions who has likewise demonstrated a strong engagement with teaching, outreach and student mentoring. Her publication on the interplay between Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Candida albicans in the human gut was published in Nature Communications in 2022 and selected as "Paper of the Month" by the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM).

Alexander Hübner belongs to the Archeogenetics group of Professor Warinner and specializes in applying bioinformatics methods to understand ancient and modern human microbiomes. He is highly published and cited in this burgeoning field, where he has collaborated with many different Microverse scientists. His co-first author paper “Natural products from reconstructed bacterial genomes of the Middle and Upper Paleolithic” was published this year in Science.

About the Microverse Early Career Scientist Award

With the award we honor achievements and significant contribution to the mission of the Microverse Cluster as demonstrated by excellent publications, research achievements, methods advancements, transfer activities, and entrepreneurship.

The award will be given annually going forward.

Picture credits: Anna Schroll | Ronny Barr