Marlene DeLuca prizes awarded

The Marlene DeLuca award for outstanding scientific contributions to the 18th International Symposium on Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence has been presented to three scientists from Oman, Japan and Sweden. The award is intended to encourage young researchers in their scientific work and is donated with US$1,500.

It has been named in honour of Marlene DeLuca, who has pioneered the science of bioluminescence and chemiluminescence, one of her many contributions being the first cloning of the firefly luciferase gene.

Berthold Technologies traditionally awards the prizes at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence (ISBC). The recent event took place in Uppsala, Sweden, and was hosted by professor Roland Lindh, Uppsala University, Department of Quantum Chemistry.

The following young researchers have been selected for their excellent presentations and results:

Butheina Abdullah Mohammed AlHaddabi, Sultan Qaboos University, Department of Chemistry and The Royal Court: “Determination of the total phenolic/antioxidant content in honey samples using formaldehyde/potassium permanganate chemiluminescence system in a novel microfluidics device”;

Shusei Kanie, Nagoya University, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Department of Applied Molecular Biosciences: “Biosynthetic Components and Decarboxylation from L-Cystein in Firefly Luciferin Biosynthesis”;

Pooria Farahani, Uppsala University, Department of Chemistry - Angstrom Lab: “CASPT2/CASSCF Study of the Ring-Opening Mechanism of Dewar Dioxetane.”

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