2015 EM Image Contest Grand Prize Winner

David Pérez-Morga, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium

Thermo Fisher Scientific is proud to present our 2015 Image Contest Grand Prize Winner: David Pérez-Morga! His "African Trypanosomes" won David 2 a Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with Premium 2STM Lens Kit. Congratulations to David!

African Trypanosomes

Image Inspiration:

African trypanosomes have been the subject of research of our group at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium for several decades now. The picture immediately suggests the graceful movement of the parasite, showing its streamlined shape exquisitely adapted for its movement in the viscous environment of the blood. The structural and physiological beauty of these protozoa makes us sometimes forget the deadly package that it harbors. Engaged in an arms race for thousands of years in Africa, trypanosomes contributed to shape our own stronghold of immunological defenses and so impacted human evolution. Our team at the electron microscopy facility has worked on dozens of subjects for the past years, but still trypanosomes are one of our favorites. Daniel Monteyne, Marjorie Vermeersch, and I (pictured from right to left) hold probably one of the nicest jobs: looking into the infinitely small wonders, marveling each time at how deeply we can see after starting with curiosity and a few stone tools.

About the Winner:

David Pérez-Morga is a professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, where he heads the laboratory of Molecular Parasitology and the Electron Microscopy facility of the Center for Microscopy and Molecular Imaging (CMMI). David grew up in Oaxaca, southern Mexico, and completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico City, at the ENCB and CINVESTAV, respectively. During his postdoctoral work at Johns Hopkins University, he learned electron microscopy. When not doing science, David enjoys spending time with his kids, reading, and traveling. He resides in the beautiful Brabant-Wallon countryside.