Vinneren av ZONA-prisen 2015 er Henriette Aksnes for avhandlingen med tittelen "N-terminal acetyltransferases NatC and NatF".
Kandidater blant fremragende PhD innen fagfeltet celle- og molekylærbiologi og biokjemi avlagt i 2014 fra UiBs institutter ved Høyteknologisenteret i Bergen er vurdert for prisen. Prisen er finansiert av Zym Holding AS, og årets komité besto av Bernt T. Walther (Zym Holding AS), og Nathalie Reuter (MBI).
The ZONA award
Zona is a scientific term for structures which enclose the earliest life stages in animals. This structure exists in different forms, but all provide vital protection during the most vulnerable phases of development of new individuals. At hatching the Zona is opened for the new individual to exit into an environ where for the first time it will be subjected fo competition and trials in order to prevail and succeed. The essential function of the Zona is to enhance chances for success of biorta that possess established, as well as novel traits.
The scientific enterprise is dependent on similar environs in order to encourage and nourish learning as well as innovation. The ZONA award is intended to recongnise individuals who have contributed to new knowledge in cellular and molecular biology and biochemistry, as well as individuals who have provided and improved the research technology that is vital for the practise of science.