Life 2024 Travel Award
We are pleased to announce that Life will be granting the Travel Award to two junior scientists. The applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee consisting of senior scholars from the Life Editorial Board.
This award provides financial support for the winners to attend an international conference in the field of fundamental themes in life sciences, from basic to applied research, to be held in 2024, in order to hold a presentation, present a poster, or both.
– Postdoctoral fellows or PhD students.
– Plans to attend an international conference in 2024 (oral presentation or poster).
Required Application Documents:
– Information of the conference the applicant is planning to attend and the abstract that will be submitted.
– Curriculum Vitae and list of publications.
– Justification letter describing the focus of the research (max. 800 words).
– Letter of recommendation from the supervisor, research director, or department head, which also confirms the applicant’s status as a postdoctoral fellow/PhD student.
The winners (two awardees) will each be awarded CHF 800 and a certificate.
Please submit your applications for the Life 2024 Travel Award online by 31 October 2023. Prizes will be awarded at the end of December 2023 and announced on the Life website.
Life Editorial Office
Life 2023 Outstanding Reviewer Award
On behalf of the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Kousuke Hanada, we wish to acknowledge our reviewers who so generously offer their time to review the papers submitted to Life by presenting an award to the reviewers who have demonstrated their dedication, professionalism, and timeliness in reviewing manuscripts for Life.
What are the pre-requisites to be eligible for this award?
All of the reviewers for Life in 2023 will be automatically included.
– Number of review reports;
– The quality and timeliness of review reports.
What will the winners receive?
There will be two winners this year, and each will receive the following:
– CHF 500;
– An opportunity to publish a paper free of charge in 2024 after peer review;
– A certificate.
When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced by the end of February 2024 on the journal website.
How can I make myself eligible?
If you have not yet reviewed papers for Life, but would like to do so, you can register as a reviewer at the following link: https://susy.mdpi.com/volunteer/profile/edit.
Life Editorial Office
Life 2023 Best Paper Award
We are pleased to announce the “Life 2023 Best Paper Award” for research and review articles published in Life from 1 January to 31 December 2022. One review and two research articles will receive an award each. The papers will be selected after a thorough evaluation by the journal Award Committee.
Eligibility for the Award:
– Papers published in Life from 1 January to 31 December 2022;
– Open to all career levels;
– Both regular and Special Issue submissions will be considered.
The papers will be selected by the journal Award Committee according to the following criteria:
– Scientific merit and broad impact;
– Originality of the research objectives and/or the ideas presented;
– Creativity of the study design or uniqueness of the approaches and concepts;
– Clarity of presentation;
– Citations and downloads.
– One review award: CHF 500 and a chance to publish a paper free of charge in Life in 2024 after peer review;
– Two research article award:
a. The first prize: CHF 500 CHF and a chance to publish a paper free of charge in Life in 2024 after peer review.
b. The second prize: CHF 300 and a chance to publish a paper free of charge in Life in 2024 after peer review.
– Each winner will also receive a certificate.
The winners will be announced on the journal website in February 2024.
Life Editorial Office
Life 2022 Outstanding Reviewer Award
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Life 2022 Outstanding Reviewer Award. The Life Editorial Board and Editorial Team would like to gratefully acknowledge the time and energy dedicated by reviewers in checking manuscripts submitted to Life. It is due to their efforts that the high quality of the journal and quick turnaround are maintained.
Prof. Dr. Andrei S. Rodin
Department of Diabetes Complications and Metabolism, Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute, City of Hope, Duarte, USA
Research interests: development of mathematically rigorous computational systems; biology methodology and software (Bayesian networks, mixed mutual information, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in general) that is directly applicable to high-dimensional heterogeneous data being routinely generated within the current biomedical research pipelines; big datasets that are increasingly overwhelming in the context of secondary data analysis; theoretical evolutionary biology
Prof. Dr. Kazuhiko Kotani
Department of Clinical Laboratory Medicine and Department of Public Health, Jichi Medical University, Shimotsuke, Japan
Research interests: community life design; lipid and lipoprotein metabolism; oxidative stress; laboratory medicine; education and behavior
The Prize for Each Winner:
–– CHF 500;
–– A CHF 1000 voucher to publish a paper in Life in 2023 after peer review;
–– A certificate.
Life Editorial Office
Life 2022 Best Paper Award
The editorial team would like to congratulate the winners of the Life 2022 Best Paper Award, chosen by a selection committee chaired by the Editors-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Katalin Prokai-Tatrai and Prof. Dr. Lluís Ribas de Pouplana. Following a review process by the Award Evaluation Committee, three winners were selected.
One Review Award:
CHF 500 plus a paper free of charge after peer review in 2023
Recent Progress and Opportunities for Nucleic Acid Aptamers
By Jonghoe Byun
Life 2021, 11(3), 193; doi:10.3390/life11030193
Two Research Articles:
The First Prize: CHF 500 plus a paper free of charge after peer review in 2023
Qualitative Prediction of Ligand Dissociation Kinetics from Focal Adhesion Kinase Using Steered Molecular Dynamics
By Justin Spiriti and Chung F. Wong
Life 2021, 11(2), 74; doi:10.3390/life11020074
The Second Prize: CHF 300 plus a paper free of charge after peer review in 2023
Bisphenol A, Bisphenol F, and Bisphenol S: The Bad and the Ugly. Where Is the Good?
By Sophie Fouyet, Elodie Olivier, Pascale Leproux, Mélody Dutot and Patrice Rat
Life 2021, 11(4), 314; doi:10.3390/life11040314
Please join us in congratulating the winners of Life 2022 Best Paper Award. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our authors for your continued support of Life.
Life Editorial Office
Life 2022 Outstanding Investigator Award for Women
We are pleased to announce that the winners of the Life 2022 Outstanding Investigator Award for Women are Elisabetta Tonet and Zeynep Altintas.
Elisabetta Tonet, MD, works at the Cardiology Unit of Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria of Ferrara. Her hospital activity is focused on multimodality imaging including echocardiography, cardiac computed tomography, and cardiac magnetic resonance. Her research fields include imaging, cardiac rehabilitation, and sport cardiology. She has published more than 50 papers in international journals with an impact factor, she is the principal investigator of some prospective studies and the reviewer of several manuscripts.
Zeynep Altintas is a full professor and has been the Chair of Bioinspired Materials and Biosensor Technologies at the University of Kiel and the Head of Biosensors and Receptor Development Group at the Technical University of Berlin since 2016. She leads an interdisciplinary research group in the domains of biosensor technologies, computational chemistry, receptor design, functional polymers, and their applications in (bio)chemical sciences, nanomaterials applications, and design, synthesis, and characterization of biomimetic materials in biomedicine. She has more than 179 publications in these fields, including books, journal articles, book chapters, patent applications, and conference papers.
Each awardee will receive an honorarium of CHF 1000, an offer to publish a paper free of charge before 31 December 2023 in Life after peer review, and an electronic certificate.
We would like to thank all the nominators from various fields of study for their participation and all the Award Committee Members for their evaluation of the many outstanding nominations.
Life 2022 Outstanding Investigator Evaluation Committee
Life 2021 Outstanding Reviewer Award
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Life 2021 Outstanding Reviewer Award. This award is granted in appreciation of the high number, timeliness, and quality of reviews submitted in 2021. The winners will receive a certificate, 500 CHF, and a 1000 CHF voucher to publish a paper in 2022.
Molecular Medicine at Medical University of Gdansk, 80-211 Gdansk, Poland
Research interests: energy metabolism in the brain cells; mitochondrial dynamic; diabetes vs. immune response; traumatic brain injury vs. immune response; neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s disease pathology
International Institute for Advanced Studies, Souraku District, Japan
Research interests: origin of life; origin of Gene; genetic code; protein structure formation
We wish to extend our congratulations to all winners in appreciation of their excellent reviews and well-earned awards!
The Life Editorial Board and Editorial Team would like to gratefully acknowledge the time and energy dedicated by reviewers in checking the manuscripts submitted to Life. It is due to their e orts that the high quality of the journal and quick turnaround is maintained.
Life 2021 Best Paper Award
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Life 2021 Best Paper Awards. All papers published in 2020 in Life were considered for the awards. After a thorough evaluation of the originality and significance of the papers, citations, and downloads, the two winning papers, which were nominated by the journal’s Award Committee, have been selected and they are the following:
Characterization of Resistance in Gram-Negative Urinary Isolates Using Existing and Novel Indicators of Clinical Relevance: A 10-Year Data Analysis
By: Márió Gajdács, Zoltán Bátori, Marianna Ábrók, Andrea Lázár, and Katalin Burián
Life 2020, 10(2), 16.
Neuroprotection or Neurotoxicity of Illicit Drugs on Parkinson’s Disease
By: Carla Ferreira, Catarina Almeida, Sandra Tenreiro, and Alexandre Quintas
Life 2020, 10(6), 86.
We believe the above papers represent valuable contributions to Life. Please join us in congratulating the winners of Life 2021 Best Paper Awards. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our authors for their continued support.
Life 2021 Young Investigator Award
We are pleased to announce that the Life 2021 Young Investigator Award winners are Dr. João Pedro da Silva Machado Lobo and Dr. Vincenzo Russo.
Dr. João Pedro da Silva Machado Lobo is a medical resident in pathology with a PhD in pathology and molecular genetics from the University of Porto. He has published 68 original articles in peer-reviewed journals (39 as the first author) and 53 scientific communications with abstracts in peer-reviewed journals (27 as the first author). He is the author of 8 books/online chapters (all 8 as the first author). He has peer-reviewed 75 manuscripts.
Dr. Vincenzo Russo is an assistant professor (qualification for associate professor) of the Department of Translational Medical Sciences, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. He has published 175 papers in international journals with impact factors.
As awardees, Dr. João Pedro da Silva Machado Lobo and Dr. Vincenzo Russo will receive an honorarium of CHF 1000 and the opportunity to publish one paper free of charge before 31 December 2022 in Life after peer review.
We want to thank all of the excellent young scientists who applied for this award—their brilliant CVs made the choice very difficult. We would also like to thank all Award Committee Members for their thorough evaluation of the applications.
Life 2021 Young Investigator Awards Evaluation Committee.
Life 2021 PHD Thesis Award
We are pleased to announce the winner of the Life 2021 PhD Thesis Award, which recognizes the scientific relevance of studies carried out by the most talented and motivated PhD students around the world.
The inaugural Life award for outstanding thesis, in recognition of his scientific creativity and contributions to biosciences, has been granted to Dr. Brayon Fremin (Stanford University, USA). He will receive CHF 800 and a certificate. In his PhD thesis, Dr. Fremin developed original ideas and methods for profiling RNA expression in the microbiome. The results—generated by concepts developed independently by Dr. Fremin himself while he was a PhD student—are attracting considerable attention (> 100 citations) after being published in the most well-reputed journals. The procedures used were highly original, and identification of what genes are expressed, and novel open reading frames, of the microbiome should have a huge impact on understanding how the microbiome influences many disease states. His advisor, Dr. Bhatt, states “I have never met a more creative and pioneering translational scientist in my entire career”. We look forward to reading about Dr. Fremin’s many scientific accomplishments to come.
In addition to the winner, the award committee would also like to specifically recognize the impressive contributions of two other candidates, who are distinguished by the passion, dedication, and talent they bring to their projects, and for the importance of the impressive results their hard work has yielded.
*Soukaina El Amrani Zerrifi* (Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco) is recognized for her outstanding accomplishments and the impact of her work for the environment and bio-technological development of her country. In her thesis work, she isolated and identified multiple products from both seaweeds and bacteria that hold great potential for combatting cyanobacterial blooms. .
*Carina Isabel Coelho Proença* (University of Porto, Portugal) is recognized for her impressive productivity and the impact of her work on the field, as reflected by over 190 citations of publications arising from her PhD work. Her research investigated the potential application of flavonoids targeting several diabetes-related enzymes as novel therapeutics. This large body of work generated nine highly cited papers with Dr. Proença as lead author.
On behalf of the evaluation committee and of the journal Editorial Office, we congratulate the winner on his exceptional accomplishments. We would like to thank all the applicants for submitting their diverse and fascinating range of research topics. All of the submitted applications demonstrated the motivation, hard work, and dedication to science of every candidate at a highest level, and we take the opportunity to wish everyone the best as they develop upon their exciting careers.
Prof. Dr. Bruce J. Nicholson and Prof. Dr. Pasquale Stano
Section Editors-in-Chief, Life
Life 2020 Young Investigator Award
We are pleased to announce that the winners of the Life 2020 Young Investigator Awards are Prof. Dr. Luning Liu and Dr. David E. Olson.
Prof. Dr. Luning Liu is Chair of Microbial Bioenergetics and Bioengineering and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Institute of Integrative
Biology, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. His lab aims to explore the biosynthesis and function of photosynthetic membranes, macromolecular assemblies and protein organelles using interdisciplinary approaches. His long-term goals are to understand the molecular principles underlying the formation and regulation of bioenergetic systems and to harness the knowledge to underpin the engineering of functional biomachineries and the development of a diverse range of biotechnological applications. As PI and co-PI, Dr. Liu has secured GBP 2.8M and GBP 4.5M foundations.
Dr. David E. Olson is Assistant Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, as well as at the Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis. He received his PhD degree from Stanford University. His research focuses on compound-induced neural plasticity and the development of neurotherapeutics. Since starting his career at UC Davis, he has published several highly influential papers (20 in total). Additionally, he has been awarded 13 grants as the sole PI. He was named a Hellman Fellow and was the recipient of the Jordi Folch-Pi Award from the American Society for Neurochemistry.
As awardees, Prof. Dr. Liu and Dr. Olson will receive an honorarium of 1000 CHF and the opportunity to publish one paper free of charge before 31 December 2021 in Life after peer review.
We want to thank all of the excellent young scientists who applied for this award— their brilliant CVs made the choice very difficult. We would also like to thank all of the Award Committee Members for their thorough evaluation of the applications.
Life 2020 Young Investigator Awards Evaluation Committe
Life 2019 Travel Award
As Editor-in-Chief of Life, I am pleased to announce the winner of the Life Travel Award 2019:
Pol Arranz-Gibert, a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University, whose research focuses on the expansion of the genetic code to facilitate the incorporation of nonstandard amino acids into proteins. He is planning to present his work “Ribosome Evolution for the Incorporation of Non-Standard Monomers”. The award consists of 800 Swiss Francs to attend an academic conference of his choice in 2019.
We would like to thank all the applicants for submitting their fascinating and diverse range of research topics. And the competition for the Life Travel Award 2020 will be opened at the end of 2019. Please visit Life homepage for more information closer to this date.
Dr. Ulrich Muller
Life 2018 Travel Award
As Editor-in-Chief of Life, I am pleased to announce the winner of the Life Travel Award 2018:
Ryo Mizuuchi, PhD student at Osaka University, whose research focuses on constructing a comprehensive scenario of possible evolution of primitive replication systems. He is planning to present his work “Sustainable Cooperation and Coevolution of Encapsulated Gene-Encoding RNA Replicators” at the Evolution 2018 Montpellier. The award consists of 800 Swiss Francs to attend this conference.
Prof. Dr. Antonio Lazcano
Life 2017 Travel Award
Claudia Bonfio, PhD student at the Centre for Integrative Biology (CIBIO), University of Trento, whose research focuses on the origin of iron–sulfur clusters and their catalytic activity on the early Earth. She is planning to present her work “UV-light driven prebiotic synthesis of iron–sulfur clusters” at the XVIIIth International Conference on the Origin of Life. The award consists of 800 Swiss Francs to attend this conference.
Prof. Dr. David Deamer