Toxins 2016 Travel Award
As Editor-in-Chief of Toxins, I am pleased to announce the winners of the Toxins Travel Award for 2016:
Travel Award was granted to Dr. Kartik Sunagar, Marie Curie Fellow in Dr. Yehu Moran’s lab at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and to Dr. Philipp Wiemann, a post-doctoral researcher in Dr. Nancy Keller’s lab at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
Dr. Kartik Sunagar studies animal venoms to understand various aspects in evolutionary biology and ecology, with a particular emphasis on molecular evolution, predator-prey interactions, mechanisms of toxic action and the role of environmental and ecological factors in driving the evolution of venom – the nature’s most complex biochemical cocktail.
Dr. Philipp Wiemann has been working with Aspergillus species, including the opportunistic human pathogen A. fumigatus and the aflatoxin producing plant pathogen A. flavus. His research mainly focuses on a specific natural product of A. fumigatus, called hexadehydroastechrome, that when over-produced contributes to virulence in mice.
Vernon L. Tesh