Young investigator award for Dr Elena Rainero
Dr Elena Rainero, a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Science, has been awarded the British Society for Matrix Biology (BSMB) Young Investigator Award for 2017.
The prestigious award, made possible following a bequest from the estate of Professor John Scott, is presented annually to an early career researcher who has made a significant contribution to matrix biology and has excelled in the early stages of their research career.
Elena’s research studies the role of extracellular matrix internalisation (ECM) in cell migration and invasion. The ECM is a complex network of secreted proteins that, as well as providing physical support to organs and tissues, regulates many cell functions, including proliferation, polarity, migration and oncogenic transformation. Elena is investigating the role of the ECM in cancer.
Elena delivered the John Scott Lecture and was presented with her award at this week's BSMB meeting. She said: "It is a real honour for me to have been selected for this very prestigious award at this stage of my career, where I am establishing my position as an independent researcher."