Every year, five promising young scientists are awarded the prestigious Göran Gustafsson Prize from the Swedish Academy Of Science in five different categories, mathematics, physics, chemistry, molecular biology and medicine.
This year, SciLifeLab researcher Emma Lundberg (KTH) was awarded the Prize in the Molecular Biology category for “pioneering work in developing technologies and analysis tools for large-scale characterizations of the cellular and subcellular human proteome”.
Emma Lundberg works in the spatiotemporal proteomics field where she investigates how cellular proteins are organized in space and time. During the last decade, Emma and her colleagues have generated hundreds of thousands of microscopy images, which have formed the basis for the “cell atlas”, a high-resolution map of human cells, that is part of the Human Protein Atlas (HPA).
“A lot of work remains for the map to be complete and the last bit is probably the most difficult. There are 20,000 genes that encode proteins in the body and we have mapped approximately 17,000 so far”, says Emma Lundberg, in a press release from The Royal Swedish Academy Of Science.
The prize consists of a personal prize of 250,000 SEK and a three-year research grant of 5 MSEK that will now be used to continue the work to understand the metabolic heterogeneity of our cells and how that affects the cell cycle. The goal is to develop new drug strategies and diagnostic tools for cancer.
Swedish universities and colleges nominated candidates. The Royal Academy of Sciences then examines the proposals and the prize winners are nominated by the Göran Gustafsson Foundation for Scientific and Medical Research.
“It’s truly an honor to receive this award, and I’m very grateful to the Göran Gustafsson foundation and to my colleagues in the Human Protein Atlas for making it possible to do the kind of science we’re doing”, says Emma Lundberg.