Linda Oberleitner was awarded with the Best Paper Prize of the International Society of Endocytobiology in March 2021. The prize (endowed with 300 €) was awarded for the three best publications delivered in 2020 by a young researcher who is member of the society or works in the lab of a society member.
Linda explored during her PhD project in the context of the SFB 1208 (project B09) the symbiotic interface of the photosynthetic amoeba Paulinella chromatophora in the group of Eva Nowack. She received the prize for her outstanding publication “The puzzle of metabolite exchange and identification of putative octotrico peptide repeat expression regulators in the nascent photosynthetic organelles of Paulinella chromatophora.” (doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2020.607182)
In this contribution she describes the striking lack of metabolite transporters in the envelope membranes enclosing the chromatophore, a recently evolved photosynthetic organelle in P. chromatophora and identified possible nuclear regulators of chromatophore gene expression. The project represents a collaborative effort between three SFB groups (AG Gohlke, AG Stühler, AG Nowack). Congratulations!