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L. Maria Lois receives the 2022 Plaque of Honour from the Spanish Association of Scientists

The award honours the CRAG director for her research, dedication to tech transfer and management activity

Yesterday evening, the ceremony for the Plaque of Honour 2022 was held at the Rectorate and Social Council building of the Miguel Hernández University. These awards, instituted by the Spanish Association of Scientists (AEC) in 1998, honour the excellence, effort and talent dedicated in Spain to the generation of knowledge, its dissemination, and its application for the benefit of society. This year, six plaques have been awarded to four personalities and two organisations from the scientific field. The plaque was awarded by Núria Sánchez Coll, a researcher from CRAG, who was one of the first woman to receive the same prize in 2014. CRAG researcher and director, L. Maria Lois, is among the recognized personalities

for her research on SUMOylation, having identified new regulatory mechanisms of SUMO conjugation in plants and the role of SUMOylation in plant defense against pathogenic fungi. Likewise, for her great dedication to technology transfer to improve health (human and plant) and her passionate dissemination and management activity as director of the CRAG, being a great reference in Spain in her field of knowledge.”

The AEC, founded in 1971, has been awarding these Plaques of Honour annually, during the "AEC Annual Dinner" which takes place the second half of November, for the last 23 years to researchers and professionals in science, as well as to companies, associations, and institutions.

About L. Maria Lois

Born in Barcelona in 1971, L. Maria Lois received a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Barcelona in 1999, and performed four years of postdoctoral research in New York, USA (Rockefeller University, WMC of Cornell University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering). In 2004, she obtained a competitive Ramón y Cajal contract and joined the University of Barcelona as a young group leader. In 2008, she was appointed CSIC Assistant Professor at CRAG, where she has been leading the "Protein regulation in development and stress" research group ever since. Last December, L. Maria Lois was named new director of CRAG.