"At first I was surprised, then I was very honored. The prize shows that I am on the right track," says Sylvain Delaunay. "As a scientist, we spend most of our time in the lab, performing experiments or reading studies. If it doesn’t work, we do one step back, develop a new hypothesis and try to prove it again. This award is a recognition for five years of work on this project." He says he wants to stay in research and develop an even deeper understanding of the discovered connections.
He is currently working as a postdoc at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg (DKFZ), where he is researching changes in RNA inside the mitochondria, the organelles needed for a cell's energy supply.
He studied pharmacy in Liege in Belgium, where he completed his doctorate in pharmaceutical science in 2016 and did postdoctoral stays in Barcelona and Cambridge.