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Royal Microscopical Society award for Yannick Schwab

The Head of the Electron Microscopy Core Facility at EMBL Heidelberg receives Mid-Career Scientific Achievement Award 2020

Yannick Schwab, Head of the Electron Microscopy Core Facility at EMBL Heidelberg. PHOTO: Massimo del Prete/EMBL

Yannick Schwab has been recognized by the Royal Microscopical Society, a UK-based organization that fosters and promotes the science of microscopy, for his contribution to and outstanding scientific achievements in the field of electron microscopy. 

Schwab, who is the Head of the Electron Microscopy Core Facility at EMBL Heidelberg, is among six awardees of this year’s Mid-Career Scientific Achievement Award, which acknowledges the work of scientists who have run a research group in the areas of microscopy and flow cytometry for ten or more years.

Among Schwab’s accomplishments are the automation of transmission electron microscopy of cells and tissues, improvements to sample preparation and the combination of light microscopy and electron microscopy for the study of disease processes. The tools and technologies he has developed have been applied to research in neuroscience, cancer biology, virology, developmental biology, microbiology and cell biology. 

He emphasises that the key to success is to work with an exceptional group of professionals, saying that “the achievements and this prize would not have been possible without the excellent people working with me in the Schwab team in the Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit as well as in the Electron Microscopy Core Facility at EMBL. They are the ones doing the magic!”

Tags: awards, Electron Microscopy

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