The German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM) has awarded infection biologist Prof. Dr. Cynthia Sharma its main prize this year. Sharma conducts research at the University of Würzburg and is one of the project leaders of the StressRegNet research project in the bayresq.net research network.
The award was given in particular for her achievements in the field of research into underlying mechanisms of RNA-based gene regulation. In addition, Sharma and her research group are developing new methods of high-throughput sequencing that can be used to find out which parts of DNA are active in bacterial cells and how they can be converted into proteins, as well as which RNA molecules interact with proteins in the cell. Her research also focuses on studying the biology and function of bacterial RNA-based CRISPR-Cas immune systems.
The full press release can be found below.