Professor Valerie Mizrahi, the director of the Institute of
Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town, has
been awarded the Grand Prix Christophe Mérieux Prize by the Institute de France
The award, made by the Institute's Academy of Sciences will
be presented at a ceremony in Paris on 5 June 2013.
Her colleagues hailed her research on mycobacterium
tuberculosis and tuberculosis, and applauded her for her involvement in the
tuberculosis community both locally and abroad.
Mizrahi said: "For me the most gratifying part of it is
that the award committee recognised my commitment to, and passion for,
developing people. I've trained so many young scientists - and this award is
Mizrahi plans to use most of the prize money on hiring
senior researchers who are able to bring new skills to the laboratory that she
runs with IIDMM colleague, Digby Warner, particularly in chemical biology and