Associate Professor Peter Fineran and his team have received two of the top distinctions in the annual School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) end of year awards. Members of the lab group authored one of the joint winners of the Research Paper of the Year, while Associate Professor Fineran received the Distinguished Researcher of the Year award.
The first-equal leading research paper, Quorum Sensing Controls Adaptive Immunity through the Regulation of Multiple CRISPR-Cas Systems, was published in the high-impact journal Molecular Cell by Adrian Patterson, Simon Jackson, Corinda Taylor, Rita Przybilski, Raymond Staals and Peter Fineran, with contributions from Gary Evans (Victoria University of Wellington) and George Salmond (University of Cambridge).
The Distinguished Researcher of the Year award was presented in absentia to Associate Professor Peter Fineran, however he acknowledged via video recording that the prestigious award was the result of an incredible team effort.
The awards were presented at an end of year function last Friday, to celebrate the end of the year and the successes of the school's staff. Of particular note, this year more than $45 million in external research grants was received by the departments and research centres of the school, setting a record.
Members of the Fineran Lab with the two prestigious awards received at Friday's event.