Iranian Researcher Becomes Nominee for Discoverer of the Year 2017

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 09:52

An Iranian researcher, Alireza Mashaghi, has become a nominee for the Discoverer of the Year 2017, a.k.a. the C.J. Kok Public Award.

According to an ISCA report, Alireza Mashaghi studies the proteins that help other proteins to fold, using advanced techniques at the level of single molecules.

Detailed knowledge of these chaperone proteins is needed to better understand diseases that result from mistakes in protein folding, like Alzheimer’s. Eventually, this may help scientists to design new drugs that target the chaperones, or that can act as synthetic chaperones.

This year's nominees are: KiDS team - Scott Waitukaitus - David Holmes - Suzan Verberne - Hans Kistemaker - Alireza Mashaghi Tabari - Xiaorong Zhang - Martina Vijver.

The Faculty of Science grants two C.J. Kok awards each year: the C.J. Kok Public Award, also known as the award for the ‘Discoverer of the Year’, and the C.J. Kok Jury Award, the award for the best PhD thesis from the past year. All institutes within the faculty are given the opportunity to nominate candidates for both awards.

Academics are able to vote for Professor Mashaghi till January 9, 2018 through: https://www.jotform3.leidenuniv.nl/science/73190740681

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