The medal will be presented to the plant geneticist by Queen Elizabeth.
Today, five outstanding female researchers will be honoured for their contribution to advancements in the life sciences. Among them: AcademiaNet member Prof Dame Caroline Dean.
A team of scientists led by AcademiaNet member Prof Petra Dersch discovered how Yersinia germs hide from the immune system: They reduce the production of a toxin that, during an acute infection, causes tissue inflammation. When the inflammation subsides, the bacteria can "go undercover" and persist in their host for years.
AcademiaNet scientists were invited to attend the event at the Royal Society of Edinburgh to discuss gender balance in science as well as the impact of Brexit on British research.
HZI researchers from Prof. Petra Dersch's team elucidate the mechanism used by yersinia bacteria to quickly evade the attack of the immune system, together with colleagues from Sweden.