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Abigail Wilson and Istvan Lukacs receive the 2019 Paton Prize from Associate Professor Grant Churchill, Director of Graduate Studies

Congratulations to Istvan Lukacs from the Somogyi lab and Abigail Wilson from the Sitsapesan group – joint winners of the 2019 Paton Prize.

Following presentations given by all second year DPhil students, Istvan and Abigail were presented with their certificates by Grant Churchill, Director of Graduate Studies at a drinks reception in the Common Room.

The adjudicators for this year's Paton Prize were Professor Paul Bolam, Professor Antony Galione, Professor Elspeth Garman from the Department of Biochemistry.

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