Clare Hall Official Fellow Dr Lori Passmore has been named as the recipient of the RNA Society’s inaugural 2020 Elisa Izaurralde Award.
Elisa Izaurralde who passed away last year, was an RNA biologist and former director of the Department of Biochemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany. The award honours her passion, scientific rigour, intellectual fearlessness, and wholehearted dedication to her work, her group, and her collaborators.
Dr Passmore commented: “I feel deeply honoured to be awarded the 2020 Elisa Izaurralde Award. This is a recognition of so much amazing work done by past and present lab members, as well as collaborators. Our achievements over the past years would not have been possible without the long-term funding provided by MRC and ERC, who have supported us from the beginning,”
The award recognises her work on the understanding of mechanisms of RNA polyadenylation and deadenylation, as well as their coupling to transcription and translation, in addition to her role as a dedicated mentor, passionate science educator and activist.
Dr Passmore will be presented with the award at RNA 2020, the RNA Society’s annual meeting in May, where she will also give a talk.
Congratulations from all at Clare Hall.