Professor Robert Eisenthal, formerly of the Biology and Biochemistry Department at Bath University, was a long standing and active member of the Biochemical Society.
Sadly, Robert passed away on 16 October 2007. In his memory the Society instituted The Eisenthal Prize to honour his commitment to science education and wishes this prize to be a lasting mark of respect for a colleague who did so much to make the Studentship scheme so successful.
Professor Eisenthal was a huge supporter of furthering the practical experiences available to undergraduate scientists. He spent a great deal of thought and effort awarding grants as a member of the Society’s Summer Vacation Studentship Review Panel. Robert’s algorithm to rank all applicants ensured the fairness and transparency of decision making by the Review Panel and many students will have unwittingly benefited from Robert Eisenthal’s involvement with the educational output of the Biochemical Society.
Many members of the Biochemical Society, Staff and especially the Education Committee will miss Robert greatly.
The student applicant ranked as top awardee each year (based on their application score and post-Studentship report) will receive £500 on completion of their Summer Vacation Studentship and the submission of their report.
The 2017 winner of the Eisenthal Prize is Abbie Curd from Birkbeck, University of London. Abbie worked with Dr Cara Vaughan and investigated the structural properties of the Hsp90-Cdc37 complex using EPR spectroscopy.
Read Abbie’s report here.
The 2016 winner of the Eisenthal Prize is Rachel Lau from University College, London. Rachel worked with Dr Sarah Martin at Queen Mary University London on her project entitled “Investigating the molecular mechanisms of FOXM1 and DNA repair in drug resistance “
Read Rachel’s report here.
The 2015 winner of the Eisenthal Prize is Yoana Petrova from the University of Bath. Yoana worked with Dr Matthew Lloyd on her project entitled “High-throughput screening to identify novel inhibitors of human α-methylacyl-CoA racemase 1A (AMACR; P504S) “
The 2014 winner of the Eisenthal Prize was Sarah Pearsall from the University of Leeds. Sarah worked with Dr Roman Tuma on her project entitled “Engineering of hexameric helicases to translocate specific RNA molecules”.
Read Sarah’s report here.
The 2013 winner was Anna Miles from University College London. Anna worked with Professor Stephen Perkins on her project “Role of the molecular interactions between Complement C3d and Factor H in regulating the complement cascade of innate immunity”.
Read Anna’s report here.
The 2012 winner was Laura Mariotti from University College London, who’s project was entitled “Structural studies of a Cdc37‐PP5 complex; regulation of Cdc37 by dephosphorylation”.