2023 Young Scientist Award winner announced

Dr Elke de Zitter, from the Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS) in Grenoble, is the winner of the European XFEL Young Scientist Award 2023. The price was awarded today at the Users’ Meeting 2023 by Andrea Eschenlohr, chairwomen of the European XFEL User Organisation Executive Committee. De Zitter’s research focuses on processing serial-crystallography data taken by the SPB/SFX instrument at European XFEL. She is interested in mosquitocidal proteins, that target and kill mosquitos, the deadliest animal on Earth because of the diseases they carry. She has also worked on developing a piece of software known as Xtrapol8 which can extract protein structures from European XFEL data.

“The European XFEL Young Scientist Award highlights the future potential of young scientists working in X-ray laser science, outlining the talent, hard-work and dedication of the early-career researchers within our user community,” says Sakura Pascarelli, Scientific Director at European XFEL. “It is an opportunity to highlight the impact of new research done by talented young researchers, as well as to showcase the large collaborative efforts that are required for research at European XFEL.” 

Read more on the European XFEL website