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University of Surrey Professor receives prestigious award

A University of Surrey Professor has been awarded a prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society for his research on the biology of ribonucleic acid (RNA).

Professor André Gerber, Section Lead of Systems Biology at the University, was given the award for his research into exploring the relationship between ribonucleic acids and protein and its impact on gene expression, which has helped shed light on our genetic makeup and how it affects cell functions. Receipt of the Wolfson Research Merit Award, which recognises expertise in science, will support Professor Gerber in continuing his work in this area at the University of Surrey.

Prior to joining the institution in 2012, Professor Gerber has previously held respected positions at Stanford University and at the ETH Zurich. Professor Gerber is responsible for ground-breaking discoveries in the field of RNA biology, including the development of a method for isolating RNA binding proteins to study RNA-protein interactions with genomics and proteomics in eukaryotic cells, providing fundamental insight into the coordination of gene expression.

Professor Gerber said: “I am delighted to have received this respected award which will support me in continuing my research.

“There is so much more to learn about RNA and its interactions with proteins and this opportunity will allow me to find to unlock further secrets in RNA.”

Professor Helen Griffiths, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey said: “A Wolfson Merit Award is a tremendous accolade for Professor Gerber that recognises his excellent contributions to the field of RNA biology.

“I am delighted that this award will support André who is continuing in a rapidly developing field to enable the University of Surrey to be at the forefront of new discoveries in protein-RNA interactions.”

The Wolfson Research Merit Award is jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract science talent from overseas and retain respected UK scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.

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