Two notable awards for Krzysztof Chylinski


Krzysztof Chylinski, former PhD student at the MFPL in the lab of Emmanuelle Charpentier and Renée Schroeder, won two notable awards – the Bank Austria Research Award and the Theodor-Körner-Foundation Innovation Prize.

The former award, endowed with € 5,000 for the first place, is granted for his dissertation, whereas the latter, amounting to € 4,000, acknowledges Krzysztof’s current research project. Many congratulations to Krzysztof for this incredible achievement!

The research from Krzysztof’s thesis, which was carried in Emmanuelle Charpentier’s team under co-supervision of Renée Schroeder, elucidated type II CRISPR-Cas, an immunity mechanism found in most bacteria.

Together with his colleagues, Krzysztof studied the evolution and molecular workings of type II CRISPR-Cas in S. pyogenes. Their detailed work led to the development of a novel, highly efficient genome-editing tool, called CRISPR/Cas9. The Bank Austria Award is already the third prize for Krzysztof’s thesis, as in 2015 his thesis won both the Award of Excellence from the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economics as well as the VBC PhD Award for an outstanding PhD thesis. 

Krzysztof continues his studies of CRISPR/Cas9 at the CRISPR-Lab at VBCF ProTech, which he established together with Peggy Stolt-Bergner. Their current research project focuses on characterization of orthologous CRISPR-based systems from different bacterial systems, for which the Theodor-Körner-Foundation Special Innovation Prize was awarded, sponsored by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology.