Albert-László Barabási, Emil T. Hofman Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded the 2005 FEBS Anniversary Prize for Systems Biology by the Gesellschaft fuer Biochemie und Molekularbiologie. FEBS is the Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
The anniversary prize is awarded to scientists under the age of 40 for their outstanding achievement in biochemistry and molecular biology. Barabási was honored for his important contributions to understanding cellular networks, such as the scale-free nature of the metabolic and the protein interaction networks.
Barabási is a pioneer in networking as a unified scientific theory and the author of the bookLinked: The New Science of Networks.He and his research team have examined network patterns in all aspects of life, from on the World Wide Web to social settings to the molecules of a cell. Their findings frequently are featured in Nature, the premier journal of scientific research.
Barabásis early research led to significant findings on how networks are structured and how they operate. He is currently examining the timing of events taking place in networks.
FEBS, founded in 1964, is one of the largest organizations in European life sciences with nearly 40,000 members distributed among 36 constituent societies and associated member societies throughoutEurope. FEBS seeks to promote, encourage and support biochemistry, molecular cell biology and molecular biophysics through its publications.
Barabási received the anniversary prize during the FEBS 30 th Annual Congress, held July 2-7 inBudapest.