EFMC-YSN PhD Prize, sponsored by Selvita

In their aim to recognise excellence and accomplishment in postgraduate research, the EFMC-Young Scientist Network is proud to announce the 2024 edition of the "EFMC-YSN PhD Prize, sponsored by Selvita", to be awarded to a European PhD student (or up to two years after PhD) in medicinal chemistry or chemical biology.

The prize, now kindly sponsored by Selvita, will consist of a diploma, 1.000€ and an invitation to deliver an oral communication at the EFMC Young Medicinal Chemists' Symposium (EFMC-YMCS). The 2024 winner will also receive a free registration and a 500€ travel grant to attend both the XXVIII EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2024) and the 11th EFMC Young Medicinal Chemists' Symposium (EFMC-YMCS 2024) which will take place in Rome, Italy on September 1-5 & September 5-6, 2024.

An additional nominee will also be identified and acknowledged as most meritorious runner-up, and will receive a 500€ prize. 

    The 2024 edition of the Prize is kindly supported by Selvita.

The selection committee designated Dr Raphael Steimbach (Servier) as the winner of the 2024 EFMC-YSN PhD Prize, sponsored by Selvita

Raphael R. Steimbach received his Ph.D. with honors from Heidelberg University, Germany in 2023. His thesis work at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in the group of Dr. Aubry K. Miller resulted in the first selective histone deacetylase 10 inhibitor suitable as a chemical probe. Dr. Steimbach’s scientific background is in chemical biology with a Master’s degree in Life Science from the University of Konstanz, Germany. He gained additional experience at Cardiff University, Wales and in chemical process development at Boehringer Ingelheim. Since 2023, he pursues his passion for high-throughput experimentation and medicinal chemistry as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut de Recherche et Développement Servier Paris-Saclay, France.

Dr Jennifer Müller (ETH Zürich) has been designated as the most meritorious runner-up. Following a decision from the jury, an extraordinary honorary mention was also given to Dr Sébastien Depienne (Ghent University). 

The selection committee designated Zuzanna Kozicka (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (University of Basel), Switzerland) as the winner of the 2023 EFMC-YSN PhD Prize. 

Margarida Espadinha (University of Antwerp, Belgium) has been designated as the most meritorious runner-up.

The selection committee designated Dr Johannes Morstein (University of California, United States) as the winner of the 2022 EFMC-YSN PhD Prize. 

Ms Vanesa Nozal Garcia (CIB - CISC, Spain) and Ms Eleonora Comeo (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom) are the most meritorious runners-up.

The selection committee designated Dr Nikolaj Sten Troelsen (ALK-Abelló, Denmark) as the winner of the 2021 EFMC-YSN PhD Prize. 

The selection committee designated Dr Victor Sebastian Perez (CSIC, Spain) as the winner of the 2020 EFMC-YSN PhD Prize. 

Mrs Marta Serafini (Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy) is the most meritorious runner-up.