Professor Pascale Cossart

The Ernst Jung Gold Medal for Medicine is awarded to the cellular microbiologist Professor Pascale Cossart, PhD, from Paris. The medal is a symbolic recognition of her impressive lifetime achievements in the study of bacterial infections and dissemination. It is connected with prize money of 30,000 euros, which she can give to a young, up-and-coming scientist of her choice.

Pascale Cossart heads up the research group "Bacteria-cell interactions unit" (Inserm U604) at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. She is also "Secrétaire perpétuel" (lifetime secretary) at the Académie des Sciences of the Institut de France (French Academy of Sciences). She has been awarded many times for her research achievements. The awards include the Robert Koch Award in 2007, the Louis-Jeantet Prize in 2008 and the Balzan Prize in 2013.

This is how the 68-year-old scientist explains one of the recipes for her success: "I have always gone my own way, and have never let myself be guided by fashions or trends". She likes working with motivated people and knows how to inspire motivation and enthusiasm in the people around her. In her spare time, Pascale Cossart is devoted to her family, to her friends and also loves to spend time gardening or playing tennis.

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