Dimitris N. Chorafas Prize

The Prize (USD 5.000) is meant to reward pre-graduate scientific contributions within the doctoral education. The candidate should not have reached the age of 32 years at the time he/she is nominated to the prize.

The prize will be awarded at the Installation Ceremony of Karolinska Institutet.

Self-portrait in lab environment.
Haohao Wu. Photo: Haohao Wu

Prize winner 2021 - Haohao Wu

Haohao Wu is awarded the prize for her thesis The molecular basis of the development and diversity of proprioceptive neurons : a story of surviving and thriving. Her thesis is about the development and diversity of proprioceptive neurons.

Prize motivation:

Haohao Wu is awarded the Dimitris Chorafas prize for her studies of proprioceptive neurons, the sensory neurons that innervate muscle and tendons and that thus govern position and movement of the body. Using single-cell RNA sequencing combined with immunological and histological analyses, she has identified molecular signatures for separate proprioceptive neuron subtypes known to transmit the velocity, position, and load of the muscles, respectively. Furthermore, using genetic tracing and single-cell RNA sequencing, she has provided evidence that proprioceptive neurons with certain molecular profiles are preferentially selected to survive. Haohao has produced a large body of high quality research that makes her a worthy recipient of this award.

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Previous prize winners

Prize winner 2020 - Jiayao Lei

In her thesis Prevention and prognosis of cervical cancer: the interplay of human papillomavirus, vaccination and screeningJiayao Lei describes how Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, together with new screening tests provides the potential to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem.

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Prize winner 2019 - Gioele La Manno

Gioele La Manno was awarded the prize for his thesis Lineages and molecular heterogeneity in the developing nervous system

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Prize winner 2018 - Bianca Tesi

Bianca Tesi received the Dimitris N. Chorafas prize 2018 for her doctoral thesis Genetic studies of susceptibility to inflammation, autoimmunity, and hematological malignancy. Bianca’s most distinguished contribution is the discovery that germline mutations in the gene SAMD9L cause of a familial form of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). 

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Prize winner 2017 - Arvid Guterstam

Arvid Guterstam received the prize for his thesis Multisensory mechanisms of body ownership and self-location. A key finding was that the sense of one’s own body is dependent on the integration of temporally and spatially congruent visual, tactile and proprioceptive signals in a spatial reference frame centred on the body.

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Prize winner 2016 - Alessandro Furlan

Alessandro Furlan was awarded the prize for his thesis Neuronal types and their specification dynamics in the autonomic nervous system.

The aim of Alessandro's research was to identify molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways that regulate the nervous system, with particular focus on the autonomic nervous system.

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Prize winner 2015 - Miriam Elfström

In her thesis Optimizing cervical cancer prevention through screening and HPV vaccination Miriam Elfström describes, among other things, the long term efficacy of different screening strategies and the long term risks associated with HPV infection, the quality of different screening programmes and their organization, as well as the efficacy of different vaccination strategies. 

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Prize winner 2014 - Daniel Ramsköld

Daniel Ramsköld received the prize for his thesis Progression of RNA-sequencing to single-cell applications.

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Prize winner 2013 - Maryam Derogar

Maryam Derogar received the prize for her thesis Oesophageal cancer surgery - predictors of health-related quality of life and survival .

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