Mariana Gomes de Pinho and her team were one of the recipients of Pfizer Award 2018 with the research work about cell division in bacteria and resistence to antibiotics. The paper "Peptidoglycan synthesis drives FtsZ treadmilling-independent step of cytokinesis" was published in the scientific magazine Nature in February.
Pfizer Annual Awards distinguish the best basic and clinical research works fully or partially developed in Portuguese institutions by Portuguese or foreign researchers. It awards a monetary prize of 20,000 euros for the winning project in each area.
«We are honoured with this distinction, which is a recognition of our team's work on basic research in understanding how pathogenic bacteria grow and divide. Insights into the basic cellular mechanisms involved in cell division are key to finding new ways of dealing with antibiotic resistance worldwide», said Mariana Gomes de Pinho. «I am very happy that we, as a team, were able to achieve the results that led to this paper».