Ludovic Deriano, head of the group ‘Genome integrity, Immunity and Cancer’, has received the Pasteur Vallery-Radot prize 2023.
Jacqueline Pasteur Vallery-Radot, the wife of Louis Pasteur’s grandson, chose the National Library of France (BnF) as the residuary legatee of her estate. Under the terms of her will, the BnF awards two €16,000 prizes every year in consultation with the Institut Pasteur.
Since 2007, these prizes have been awarded annually to two French scientists under the age of 50 and working at the Institut Pasteur who have led a major scientific project in the field of biology or physics/chemistry over the last five years, thus proving themselves to be worthy heirs of Pasteur himself.
Winners are chosen by a panel of Institut Pasteur and French Academy of Sciences members, chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the French Academy of Sciences.
The panel selected this year, along with Romain Levayer, Head of the ‘Cell death and epithelial homeostasis’ unit in the department of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, Ludovic Deriano. This prize recognizes his entire body of research on the mechanisms by which lymphocytes acquire genetic abnormalities and then become cancerous. Drawing on various exploratory methods, the research by Ludovic and his team is helping improve our understanding of immunodeficiency syndromes, cancer and processes of resistance to certain cancer treatments.
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