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Max Gruber Prize

Max Gruber portret - Academia building
Max Gruber portret - Academia building


The Max Gruber Prize is awarded biannually to the best peer reviewed publication in Biochemistry or Cell Biology, produced by a PhD student of the University of Groningen, who should be first author on the paper. The main body of the experimental work must have been carried out in Groningen. In a mandatory letter of recommendation, the supervisor should explicitly state the significance of the first author’s contribution, particularly in case of a multi-authored research paper. In case of a joint first authorship, PhD students can share the prize; however, in case of a joint first authorship with a postdoc, only the PhD student (as first author) is eligible. Especially in these cases, the importance of the relative contribution of each proposed PhD candidate has to be clearly argued.


Max Gruber Prize 2020

The deadline for submission for the Max Gruber Prize 2018 is August 1, 2020.
Principle Investigators at the RUG/UMCG can nominate one publication, produced by one of their PhD students. The paper, published or accepted for publication between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017, should be uploaded as a pdf and must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation. Please use the nomination form below.

Nominate a PhD student for the Max Gruber Prize


Max Gruber Prize 2018


The award ceremony will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 16.00 hrs
Location: Nijenborgh 4, Groningen - room 5111.0022

Prize winners Max Gruber Prize 2018


Dr. Lotteke Swier
Enzymology, GBB, University of Groningen
‘Structural insight in the toppling mechanism of an energy-coupling factor transporter’ (Nature Communications: 1-11)


Dr. Olga Sin
European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing,
University of Groningen, University Medical Centre Groningen
‘Identification of a RNA Polymerase III Regulator Linked to Disease-Associated Protein Aggregation’ (Molecular Cell 65(6): 1096–1108)


Dr. Renske van Raaphorst
Molecular Genetics, GBB, University of Groningen
‘Chromosome segregation drives division site selection in Streptococcus pneumoniae’ (PNAS: 5959–5968)

Dr. Alexandros Papagiannakis
Molecular Systems Biology, GBB, University of Groningen
‘Autonomous Metabolic Oscillations Robustly Gate the Early and Late Cell Cycle’ (Molecular Cell 65: 285–295)

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