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CNRS Bronze Medal for Ana Rita GOMES

Bronze Medal CNRS

 

RITA BATISTA GOMES AnaAna Rita Gomes, a CNRS Research Associate at the Laboratory of Pathogens and Host Immunity in Montpellier, and former Postdoctoral fellow of the LabEx ParaFrap, has been awarded the prestigious CNRS Bronze Medal in 2023.

This esteemed recognition highlights her exceptional contributions to the field of Parasitology and her dedication to advancing our understanding of pathogens. This Bronze Medal, awarded by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), is highly esteemed within the scientific community. It aims to honor early-career researchers and serves as an encouragement from CNRS to continue well-established and fruitful research in their respective fields. Ana Rita's receipt of this medal highlights her significant impact and potential as a scientist.

Ana Rita Gomes' research utilizes omics approaches to explore DNA replication and cell cycle regulation in malaria-causing parasites. With a background in microbiology, she pursued her doctoral program at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge (United Kingdom) under the supervision of Oliver Billker, where she studied the functional genetics of the malaria parasite (2010-2015). During this time, she developed large-scale reverse genetic screening technologies, paving the way for high-throughput malaria research. As a postdoc, she continued to develop this technology at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Imperial College London. In 2015, she relocated to Montpellier and initiated a new research line focusing on DNA biology in Plasmodium in Dr. Jose-Juan LOPEZ-RUBIO's team (ParaFrap fellowship). She was subsequently recruited by CNRS as a CRCN (Chargée de recherche de classe normale) at the end of December 2018, joining the LPHI unit in Montpellier. Her group was initially funded by a starting grant ANR JCJC (2020-2024) and i-SITE MUSE (2021-2023). Ana Rita is also the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant 2023.

By honoring Ana Rita Batista Gomes with the CNRS Bronze Medal, the scientific community not only recognizes her past achievements but also eagerly anticipates the discoveries to come in her promising career.

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