Dr Davide Michieletto awarded for outstanding contributions to soft matter and biophysics

Congratulations to Dr Davide Michieletto who has been awarded the British Biophysical Society Louise Johnson Early Career Award!

3 June 2024

The British Biophysical Society (BBS) Louise Johnson Early Career Award is made every two years to an early career researcher in recognition of outstanding contributions in the fields of biophysics or biophysical methods. The award is named in recognition of Professor Dame Louise Johnson DBE FRS (BBS Honorary Member 2004) as an outstanding biophysicist and mentor of others.

Dr Michieletto will present a plenary lecture and receive a commemorative medal at the Biennial BBS Meeting in September 2024 in Swansea.

Important biological processes can be badly impacted by entanglements caused by the length and confinement of the genome. Davide's research explores how proteins can unknot these entanglements as can be seen when moving from left to right in the image above. This figure is taken from Orlandini E, Marenduzzo D, Michieletto D. (2019) Proc Natl Acad Sci doi: 10.1073/pnas.1815394116, published under a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 license.

DNA-based soft materials that can change topology in time

Dr Michieletto’s background is in polymer and statistical physics and he has track record in using both simulations and experiments. His current main line of research is inspired by how the genome in our cells is mechanically and topologically manipulated by proteins, and is focused on discovering new DNA-based soft materials and complex fluids that can change topology in time.

The BBS award was given in recognition of his contributions at the interface of soft matter and biophysics.


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