2022 Elisa Izaurralde Award Winner
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2022 Elisa Izaurralde Award for Innovation in Research, Teaching, and Service

The RNA Society is delighted to announce Dr. Luisa Cochella, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, USA, as the recipient of the 2022 Elisa Izaurralde Award for Innovation in Research, Teaching and Service. Originally from Argentina, Dr. Cochella studied translational decoding by the ribosome during her doctoral studies in the lab of Dr. Rachel Green, and transcriptional circuits and small RNAs in C. elegans during her Postdoctoral training with Dr. Oliver Hobert. Dr. Cochella started her own lab in 2013 at the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria, where she was a Group Leader until her recent move to Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Cochella has made ground-breaking contributions to our understanding of microRNAs in animal development, cell-type specification and cellular physiology. Her lab uses bold and creative approaches including an innovative method for sequencing small RNAs from specific cell types at single-cell resolution, and, more recently, developing a new sequencing strategy for detecting SARS-CoV2 viral RNA. Dr. Cochella is a dedicated mentor to students and trainees, an organizer of numerous meetings including the annual Small RNA Microsymposium in Vienna, and an active supporter of RNA research. (photo credit: Schedl/IMP)