Research Fellow Dr Elizabeth Murchison has just won the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators 2012.
The award is presented jointly by the biomedical equipment company Eppendorf and by the scientific journal Nature. It recognises young scientists for outstanding achievements in biomedical research.
Elizabeth works at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge and she received the award for her work on transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils. The cancer is endemic amongst Tasmanian devils and threatens to wipe out the species. She found that the cancers share the same cell line, and so must be physically transferred between the devils when they fight.
Her work offers a new approach to studying transmissible cancers, and introduced techniques that could be used for other clonally transmissible cancers.
She received her award and prize money of €15,000 at a ceremony in Heidelberg, Germany, on 9 May.