Hooke Medal Winners

Hooke Medal Winner 2017 – Ewa Paluch

Ewa Paluch





Biography: Ewa studied Physics and Mathematics at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France. She did her PhD (2001-2005) at the Curie Institute in Paris, under the supervision of Cécile Sykes and Michel Bornens, investigating actin networks mechanics in vitro and in cells. In 2006, directly after her PhD, she moved to Dresden to start her own Research Group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, as a joint appointment with the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw. She was appointed Professor of Cell Biophysics and MRC programme leader at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London, in January 2013. Since 2014, she has also been the head of the Institute for the Physics of Living Systems (IPLS), a new cross-faculty initiative aiming to promote collaborations between physicists and biologists at UCL. In 2014, she received a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Biological Sciences for her contributions to Cell Biophysics.

Ewa’s laboratory investigates the principles underlying cellular morphogenesis. Since cell shape is ultimately defined by cellular mechanical properties and by the cell’s physical interactions with its environment, biophysical approaches are essential to understand cell shape control. The lab combines cell biology, biophysics and quantitative imaging, and works in close collaboration with theoretical physicists, to investigate cell shape regulation. They particularly focus on the cellular actin cortex, a thin cytoskeletal network that underlies the plasma membrane and drives most shape changes in animal cells. Ewa’s lab has made seminal contributions to our understanding of the cell cortex, and of its function during cytokinesis, protrusion formation and cell migration. Visit Ewa’s website for more information on her research.


Year Winner Name Affiliation Link to Website or article
2016 Thomas Surrey Crick Institute, London BSCB Website

Lab Website

2015 Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke Bart’s Cancer Institute, London.  BSCB Website

Lab Website

2014 Anne Bertolotti MRC Laboratory of Molecular BIology, Cambridge.  BSCB Website

 Lab Website

 2013 winter newsletter

2013 Dr Eric Miska Gurdon Institute, Cambridge Eric Miska Lab
2012 Dr Holger Gerhardt Cancer Research UK, London Research Institute Website
2011 Dr. Alex Gould NIMR, London Website
2010 Dr. Karim Labib College of Life Sciences,
University of Dundee
Autumn 2009 Newsletter
2009 Dr. Erik Sahai Cancer Research UK London Research Institute Autumn 2009 Newsletter
2008 Dr Ben Nichols MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge Autumn 2008 Newsletter
2007 Dr Tomo Tanaka College of Life Sciences,
University of Dundee.
Autumn 2007 Newsletter
2006 Dr David Owen Cambridge Institute for Medical Research,
University of Cambridge
Winter 2005 Newsletter
2005 Dr Frank Uhlmann Cancer Research UK,
London Research Institute
Winter 2004 Newsletter
2004 Dr Elmar Schiebel ZMBH, Heidelberg Summer 2004 newsletter
2003 Dr Matthew Freeman Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford University Winter 2002 newsletter
2002 Dr Andrea Brand Gurdon Institute, Cambridge Summer 2002 newsletter
2001 Dr Iain Hagan CRUK Manchester Institute, University of Manchester Winter 2000 newsletter
2000 Dr Anne Ridley King’s College, Randall Institute, London Winter 1999 newsletter