Angus Lamond, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Dundee, has been awarded the 2011 Novartis Medal and Prize.

The award, presented by the Biochemical Society, is one of the UK’s most prestigious prizes in the field of biochemistry. It recognises Professor Lamond’s seminal work on the structure and functional organisation of the nucleus of mammalian cells.

The Novartis Medal and Prize is awarded annually in recognition of contributions to the development of any branch of biochemistry. The award is for work carried out in the UK but is open to candidates of any nationality.

Scientists from the University’s College of Life Sciences have now won the esteemed prize two years in succession – Professor Grahame Hardie received the 2010 Novartis Medal and Prize.

Professor Lamond’s award brings the number of winners currently working within the University to three – Professor Sir Philip Cohen was a recipient in 1992. Among other former winners is Sir Paul Nurse FRS, winner in 1991, who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine ten years later. Sir Paul was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Dundee in 2009.

Professor Lamond said he was delighted to receive the Novartis Medal and Prize and follow in the footsteps of such esteemed scientists.

“It was a genuine surprise to hear I had been awarded the Novartis Medal and Prize,” he said. “It’s always nice to get the recognition of your peers and hear that the finest scientists in this country value your work.

“It’s fantastic that Dundee has now won this very distinguished award two years in a row and such honours are testimony to the fantastic facilities and resources that now exist at Dundee.

“This award reflects the hard work of a lot of people who have helped to build up the research community and profile of the University over many years.

“With all of the high quality research underway here, I am confident that it won’t be long before further awards are made to researchers from Dundee.”

Professor Lamond will receive the Novartis Medal and a prize of £2000. He will present the Medal Lecture at a Biochemical Society conference in 2011, and the lecture will be published in the Biochemical Society Transactions journal

The award was originally donated in 1964 by the Ciba Laboratories (later Ciba-Geigy).