Laura Cantini and Clément Charenton are the two winners of the 2022 Claude Paoletti Prize.
This year, Laura Cantini, CNRS researcher at the Institute of Biology of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS) CNRS/ ENS/ Inserm and Clément Charenton, CNRS researcher at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cell Biology (IGBMC) CNRS/Inserm/Université de Strasbourg received the Paoletti Prize for their research work at a ceremony held on 9 November 2022.
This prize, awarded in memory of Claude Paoletti, former director of the life sciences department of the CNRS, aims to support young researchers in biology.
After a thesis on the integration of multi-omic data obtained in 2016 at the University of Turin, Laura Cantini did a postdoc on the same subject in the team of Emmanuel Barillot at the Institut Curie. In 2018, Laura joined the CNRS and IBENS as a research associate. Since then, she has received the L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science, multiple grants (ANR JCJC, Sanofi iTech Award) and a chair position at the PRAIRIE Institute. Starting in 2023, Laura will lead a team focused on machine learning methods for single-cell data analysis at the Institut Pasteur.
Clément Charenton is a biochemist and structural biologist who studies the metabolism of eukaryotic RNA. During his thesis at the École Polytechnique under the direction of Marc Graille, he explored the molecular mechanisms of degradation of the protective cap of messenger RNA. He then joined Kiyoshi Nagai’s team at MRC-LMB (Cambridge, UK), for a postdoctoral study on the mechanisms of splicing RNA by spliceosome. In 2021, Clément joined the CNRS as a research fellow, and in 2022, he was awarded ATIPAvenir funding to create his research team at the Institut de génétique et de biologie moléculaire et cellulaire (IGBMC) in Strasbourg.
The CNRS Foundation is committed to highlighting young scientists whose work corresponds to the vision of Claude Paoletti and has decided to support this award.
Beyond this work of memory that is done by the entourage of Mr Paoletti (but also the CNRS Foundation), it is a real opportunity for young researchers in search of funding or legitimacy.
The CNRS Foundation warmly congratulates the two laureates for their work and wishes them a good continuation in their careers.