Dr. Anja Groth
Since 2015, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters has been awarding a prize to an exceptional Danish scientific researcher under the age of 50. Professor Groth receives the prize as the second woman in the prize’s history, for her work on epigenetic processes relevant both to basic cell biology and cancer development. It was in particular the wide-ranging nature of her work, as well as its potential medical importance, that led to her being nominated.
Prof Groth is a professor at the University of Copenhagen, acting as a principal investigator in the Biotech Research and Innovation Centre. Additionally, she is affiliated with Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, also at the University of Copenhagen. The main aim of her research is to understand how chromatin – a DNA-protein complex – is replicated during cell division in a way that protects both the genetic and epigenetic information. Epigenetic information refers to inherited traits which are not part of the DNA sequence (which contain the genetic information). If this information is not properly protected, it may lead to healthy cell defences against cancer working sub-optimally or not at all.
Prior to her current roles, Prof Groth worked in the laboratory of Dr. Almouzni at Institut Curie in Paris, and in the group of Drs. Bartek and Lukas at the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen. Queen Margrethe II’s Prize for Science is the latest addition to Prof Groth’s list of awards, which includes the Elite Research Prize from the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science in 2018 and the UK Heirloom Award for Women Scientist Leaders in 2014.
The prize will be given by the Danish Queen Margrethe II – it should have been done at a ceremony in April, close the Queen’s 80th birthday, but due to the covid-19 pandemic, it has been postponed until autumn.(© AcademiaNet)