Dr Andrey Yurkov has received the Johanna Westerdjik Award 2023

Prestigious award for DSMZ Leibniz Institute scientist

Dr Andrey Yurkov; Source: Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute

On 17 April 2023, DSMZ researcher Dr Andrey Yurkov received the Johanna Westerdijk Award. Since 2008, the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute in Utrecht (Netherlands) has awarded this prestigious prize annually to researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to the institute's culture collection and who have had an exceptional career in mycology. Nominees for the award are assessed on the basis of quality, quantity and originality of their scientific contributions to the fungal collection as well as on the basis of the associated research.

Dr Andrey Yurkov has been with the DSMZ since 2012
Dr Andrey Yurkov has been part of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ since 2012. He studied at Moscow's Lomonosov University where he completed his doctorate in 2006. At DSMZ his research focuses on health-related fungi. The 2023 Award was given to Dr Andrey Yurkov to recognise his great contribution to the collection of fungi and to research on yeasts from natural habitats. Together with his team he has been collecting new and rare yeasts over many years.

Dr. Andrey Yurkov is a renowned expert on fungi
Doctor Yurkov is a world-renowned expert in yeast systematics and taxonomy, as well as an active member of professional societies, organisations and commissions such as the WFCC (World Federation for Culture Collections), the IMA (International Mycological Association) and the ICTF (International Commission on the Taxonomy of Fungi). Samples taken by Dr Yurkov at the DFG Biodiversity Exploratories sites have led to the isolation of more than 100 fungal species. Follow-up studies further increased the known number of soil yeasts. Together with his team, the renowned fungal researcher has also studied yeasts associated with plants and insects. Most of the new fungal strains he discovered have been deposited in the CBS collection of the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute.


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