Grzegorz Sienski receives the “Kirsten Peter Rabitsch” Award 2015
October 08, 2015
This year’s “Kirsten Peter Rabitsch” Award was presented to Grzegorz Sienski, a former Vienna Biocenter (VBC) PhD student in the Brennecke lab at IMBA. His work focuses on the silencing of genomic intruders.
Greg joined Julius Brennecke’s group in 2010 after studying in Poland and completed his PhD at IMBA at the end of 2014. In May this year he accepted a position at the MIT in Boston. His work illustrates the widespread influence of transposons and the piRNA pathway on chromatin patterns and gene expression. “I’m really grateful for the time I had at the VBC, because it is such a stimulating environment. Working on the Piwi pathway was especially exciting since we were only beginning to understand it’s full impact when I started, and this gave us the opportunity to really push the field”, said Greg after receiving the prize.
The award was initiated in honour of Kirsten Peter Rabitsch. He was a brilliant young scientist who had just completed his PhD at the IMP in 2006 and was about to start his career in the Knoblich Lab at IMBA when he died tragically while travelling South America. The prize, which is worth two thousand Euros, is jointly sponsored by the IMP and by Kirsten’s parents. It is awarded annually for the most outstanding discovery of a PhD-Student at either the IMP or IMBA during the course of the „Recess“, an internal evaluation period.