After a two-year break due to the pandemic, the Ministry of Education, Science and Research's 2022 Award of Excellence was once again presented at a ceremony. First presented in 2008, this award recognizes the 40 best dissertations of the past academic year from a wide range of disciplines and is endowed with 3,000 euros each.

Home to her reaserach was the Center for Biomedical Technology at the University for Continuing Education Krems, where Sobha Karuthedom George, was working on the isolation and characterization of extracellular vesicles. These membrane-enclosed structures play a key role in signal transduction between cells. Characterization of their structural and functional properties is a prerequisite for potential clinical applications. Within the scope of the research project, methods were developed to isolate and subsequently characterize extracellular vesicles from blood and cell cultures. In the future, vesicle-based biomedical applications could be developed on the basis of these results, thus enabling new medical therapies.

" I would like to congratulate Sobha Karuthedom George very warmly for the "Award of Excellence", says Prof Viktoria Weber, Vice Rector for Research at the University for Continuing Education Krems. “This dissertation is outstanding as an example of how a young scientist, using creative ideas and consistent implementation, has laid the foundation for future medical applications. Likewise, I am delighted that the University for Continuing Education Krems has the capacity for young researchers to find an environment that supports and encourages such scientific achievements."

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