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Brian Wilkins Memorial Fund Prize 2006

L-R: Don Helinski, Stephen Farrand, Masahiro Sota, Chris M. Thomas, Chris D. Thomas

The second recipient of the Brian Wilkins Memorial Prize is Masahiro Sota, currently working as a post-doctoral Research Fellow in the laboratory of Eva Top at University of Idaho, Moscow. His doctoral research has focused on plasmids carrying degradative genes and the transposons associated with them, and he has an interest in using the information present in their genome sequences to work out where the plasmids and the pathways they carry were assembled. Since moving to Moscow he has been involved in a variety of projects related to the evolution and ecology of IncP-1 plasmids and has helped to promote close contacts between the US and Japanese laboratories. One outcome has been the study of transposition into cryptic IncP-1 plasmids to determine the basis for the clustering of insertions in apparent hotspots. Despite it being his first major talk in English, Masa communicated his excitement and enthusiasm for the work he is doing. The accompanying photo shows Masa being congratulated by Chris M Thomas, along with Don Helinski (far left), Stephen Farrand (left) and Chris D Thomas (right) the day after the award was announced at the Plasmid Biology 2006 Conference at Fallen Leaf Lake.

The other short-listed candidate was:

  • Adam Roberts (from the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London, UK).

Brian Wilkins Memorial Fund Prize 2004

Susan Wilkins(l), Vincent Burrus and Chris M. Thomas(r)

The first recipient of the Brian Wilkins Memorial Prize is Vincent Burrus, currently working as a post-doctoral Reseach Fellow in the laboratory of Matthew Waldor at Tuft's New England Medical Centre, Boston, USA. His research has focused on Integrative Conjugative Elements. Not only has he performed excellent primary work but as also written very useful reviews of the field. Despite it being his first major talk at an interational meeting, Vincent gave a clear and interesting account of his research. The accompanying photo shows Vincent being congratulated by Susan Wilkins and Chris Thomas the day after the award was announced at the Plasmid Biology 2004 Conference on Corfu.

The other short-listed candidates were:

  • Rebecca Byram (from NIH Rocky Mountain Labs in Montana, USA) and
  • Shamsu Zzaman (from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, USA).
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