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Charalampos Pappas Receives the Bachem AtPS Award 2022
livMatS Junior Research Group Leader awarded for outstanding contributions to peptide science
Dr. Charalampos Pappas has received the Bachem AtPS Award 2022, which is endowed with 1,000 euros. The Austrian Peptide Society presented the award to chemist Pappas at this year's Austrian Peptide Symposium. The Bachem AtPS Award is given to postdoctoral fellows and Junior Research Group Leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the chemistry or biology of peptides in the three years prior to nomination. The award is sponsored by the Bachem AG.
Pappas examines the pathways and mechanisms that allow living systems to perform complex functions. His research aims at developing roles for phosphates, which are involved in the cellular metabolism of organisms as energy carriers, outside of biology, into supramolecular systems chemistry. Pappas will use these phosphates in chemical reactions that enable the self-assembly of building blocks. For this, he designs chemical reaction networks utilizing building blocks such as peptides, nucleobases and chimeric assemblies.
Pappas studied Chemistry in Ioannina/Greece, Glasgow/UK, New York/USA and Groningen/The Netherlands. The chemist received his PhD from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and from the Advanced Science Research Centre of the City University of New York. In 2017, he returned to Europe with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship to conduct research on the autonomous formation of dynamically folded macromolecules at the University of Groningen. Since October 2020, he has been a Junior Research Group Leader and Principal Investigator at the livMatS Cluster of Excellence.