Cell Biologist Eric Karsenti is awarded the 2015 CNRS Gold Medal
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Eric Karsenti, 67, has been awarded the 2015 CNRS Gold Medal for his outstanding career in the field of cell biology.
He is renowned for his work on cell cycle regulation, the mechanisms that enable cells to divide and transmit exactly the same chromosome content to every daughter cell.
He is currently senior researcher emeritus at the CNRS, assigned to the Institute of Biology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and a visiting researcher at the EMBL.
Also known for being a keen sailor, Eric Karsenti is the initiator of the Tara Oceans expedition (2009-2013), which aimed at mapping ocean diversity and understand the key role played by microscopic organisms. First results have been published in Science in May 2015.
CNRS Gold Medal is France’s highest scientific distinction.