Early Career Researcher awards for IICD

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Early Career Prize Scheme winners for 2016 have been announced. Dr Nikolay Ogryzko and Dr Alex Rothman from the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease have both been recognised for excellence in research/impact. The judging panel found it extremely difficult to select the winners from those nominated from across the Faculty but Nikolay and Alex have been awarded a prize and will receive a grant of £500 for future career development.


Dr Nikolay Ogryzko

Congratulations to Nik for his Early Career Researcher award recognising Excellence in research / impact within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health. Nik was nominated for this award principally because he has shown great altruism in his contribution towards the department and across the faculty. Nik is technically very talented; his skills in generating transgenic zebrafish tools and in microscopy are unsurpassed and his technical innovation and development make his work internationally competitive and cutting-edge.

His supervisor Heather Wilson commented “Nikolay selflessly and unhesitatingly deploys these skills beyond his own project to support peers from several groups, to benefit their projects, from which he receives no personal gain. He is rather understated about his involvement in these activities; as supervisor I often only find out about his involvement indirectly. Nik’s holistic contribution has taken place over several years such that he has become a linchpin member of the group, the Bateson Centre, our departments, and beyond. Several external groups have sought these skills, which have led to collaborative opportunities, enhancing the profile and reputation of our groups and institution.”

Dr Nikolay Ogryzko

Dr Alex Rothman

Congratulations to Alex for his Early Career Researcher award recognising Excellence in research / impact within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health. Alex’s award is in recognition of recent high impact publications and his successful pre-clinical studies leading to an international, multi-centre, first in human study of pulmonary artery denervation for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension.

Sheila Francis, Head of IICD said “Dr Rothman has brought prestige and new links with industrial collaborators to the Department, and he is one of the most energetic and driven young clinical researchers that I have ever known. His achievements have been truly exceptional”

Dr Alex Rothman