Every year, the SFBD awards the PhD Thesis Prize to reward the work of a student in developmental biology thanks to the generosity of our sponsor ZEISS.
The laureate is invited to present his/her work at the annual SFBD conference (Shaping Life 2) and receives a prize of 1000 €. Registration, traveling and housing expenses are covered by the SFBD. Depending on the quality of the applications, one or two honourable prizes (300 € each) can be awarded by the jury in addition to the PhD Thesis Prize.
How to apply ?
Any SFBD member, who has recently defended his/her PhD thesis can apply. The 2021 Thesis Prize will be awarded in spring, for a thesis defended in France, between 01/01/2019 and 31/12/2020. Deadline to apply: 31/12/2020. The application (in French or English) must include the following information in a single PDF file:
- Your CV (max 2 pages)
- A detailed application letter including: a thesis summary putting into perspective the most outstanding results, highlighting the techniques and collaborations implemented, the originality of the study, the contribution to the advancement of the specific research field and more generally to the field of Developmental Biology (4 pages maximum, including illustrations)
- A letter of support from the thesis supervisor, specifying the intellectual and experimental contributions of the candidate.
- The complete thesis file and, if applicable, the articles posted on bioRxiv, submitted or published since the defense and related to the thesis subject.
A pre-selection of 2 to 4 theses is carried out by the SFBD Board based on the contents of the application.
The pre-selection is based on the general scope of published and unpublished results for the Developmental Biology field, the quality of the application letter and the intellectual contribution of the candidate to the results obtained.
A sub-committee of three members of the Board, different each year, then designates the winner and honorable mentions after a thorough reading of their entire thesis. At this step, selection criteria are: the scope and quality of the results, the writing quality of the entire thesis manuscript and the relevance of the discussion.
Thesis Prize 2020
Thesis title: “Epithelio-Mesenchymal Transition and Apoptosis: Cellular Dynamics and the Role of Snail in Drosophila melanogaster”
CBI, Toulouse, Dir. Magali Suzanne
Thesis Prize 2019
Thesis title: “Role of the Notch Signaling Pathway during Neural Delamination in the Vertebrate Embryo”
Institut de Biologie de l’École Normale Supérieure, Paris, Dir. Xavier Morin
Thesis prize 2018
Thesis title: “From cellular variability to shape reproducibility: mechanics and morphogenesis of Arabidopsis thaliana sepal”
RDP, ENS Lyon, Dir. Arezki Boudaoud and Olivier Hamant
Thesis title : ” Regulation of apical basal polarity and mesoderm invagination by the E3 ubiquitin ligase Neuralized in Drosophila ”
I. Pasteur, Paris, Dir. François Schweisguth
Thesis prize 2017, Dr. Antoine Ducuing
Thesis title : ” Signalling and morphogenesis during Drosophila dorsal closure “
ENS Lyon, Dir. S. Vincent
Thesis prize 2016, Dr. Gilles Storelli
Thesis title : ” Characterization of the mutualistic interaction tying Drosophila melanogaster with its symbiont Lactobacillus plantarum “
IGFL, ENS Lyon, Dir. François Leulier