The Japanese scientist Shigeki Watanabe, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Utah and Charité – Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, has won the 2015 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology.

Shigeki Watanabe has developed two novel techniques in electron microscopy that allow visualization of protein and membrane dynamics at synapses at a millisecond temporal resolution. Using these techniques, he has discovered an ultrafast mechanism that removes synaptic vesicle components rapidly from the plasma membrane following exocytosis and further demonstrated that synaptic vesicles are regenerated from endosomes.

The international $25,000 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded jointly by Eppendorf and the journal Science. All scientists who are 35 years of age or younger and who have made outstanding contributions to neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology are invited to apply. The next deadline for applications is 15 June 2016.

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