The Gadd Research Prize 2017 to Prof. John Eriksson

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The Gadd Research Prize 2017 to Prof. John Eriksson

Prof. John Eriksson was awarded the Gadd Prize 2017 for successful research activities. The prize was bestowed by the Chancellor of Åbo Akademi University, Ulrika Wolf-Knuts, based on specific criteria, such as the supervision of doctoral students, number of own publications, success in raising external funding for research, and special achievements for the benefit of the researcher community. The prize sum of 20,000 euro will be allocated to the research group of the prize winner.

The Gadd Prize 2017 went to John Eriksson, Director of Turku Centre for Biotechnology and Professor of Cell Biology at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The research of John Eriksson focuses on the interactions between cytoskeletal molecules and cell signal processing and how this interaction, in turn, governs and senses cell shape, movements, and interactions with the cellular surroundings. The research requires advanced microscopy and, consequently, Eriksson has worked actively to get world class bioimaging instrumentation to Turku. This instrumentation is at the Cell Imaging Core ( of Turku Centre for Biotechnology, which is also hosting the Finnish service centre ( of the pan-European imaging organization Euro-Bioimaging (

The prize is named after Pehr Adrian Gadd (1727–1797), the first Professor in Chemistry at the Royal Academy in Åbo (Turku). His idea was that everyone should learn chemistry, and a chemist should explore nature in order to find answers to his questions. In accordance with the ideals of what is known as the ‘Age of Utility’, he thought that science served the purpose of being useful, just as is thought today. Therefore, he viewed science from a local perspective and was interested in what could be cultivated, refined, and sold in Finland.

The Gadd prize 2017 was given along with another research prize, the Kristina Prize 2017, which was awarded to Prof. Ria Heilä-Ylikallio. These prizes were nominated by a committee comprised of the Chancellor and four professors, one for each Faculty.

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Start: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:00

End: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:00

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