For his most recent contributions to the field of molecular life sciences, young Egyptian PhD student Mohamad EL Brolosy was awarded the Max Bernsteil International Prize” by the Max Birnstiel Organization and the Pathology Institute in Vienna.
Along with two other winners, the 27-year old’s research on the occurrence of genetic abnormalities set him apart from 100 candidates for the prize.
Having set out to understand the reason as to why certain individuals can be affected by certain genetic abnormalities, El-Brolosy’s scientific research was conducted through animal experiments, namely mouse and zebrafish models where he hereby identified the molecular machinery that drives the distinction.
The Egypt-born budding scientist’s education was first at the German University in Cairo prior to pursing graduate studies in Göttingen.
The annual International Birnstiel Award, which will be conferred for the first time this year to doctoral students in molecular life sciences, grants its awardees a certificate, trophy and €2,000.
Most importantly the awardees are given the chance to present their findings to an international audience of distinguished biologists at the Vienna BioCenter PhD Symposium in Vienna (Austria) on November 7-8.
The award and the foundation take their name after molecular biologist Max Luciano Birnstiel, The latetr was the founding director of the IMP Research Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna. Prior, he was chair of the Institute of Molecular Biology at the University of Zurich.
Recently, various Egyptians have been making headlines for their contributions and accomplishments in a variety of fields with the most recent being three Egyptian women’s shortlising for the 2019 Tamayouz Excellence Award, which champions the best in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.
Earlier this year, Associated Press (AP) journalists Maggie Michael and Nariman El-Mofty won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in international reporting alongside Yemeni Maad al-Zikry for their coverage of Yemen’s civil war, becoming the first Egyptian women to ever win the prestigious award.