Priit Väljamäe received the national research award

Priit Väljamäe, Associate Professor of General and Microbial Biochemistry at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu, was awarded a research prize of 20,000 euros.

The Estonian government confirmed this year's state research award laureates. Seven researchers from the University of Tartu received the annual award for the best research completed and published in the previous four years.:

  • Priit Väljamäe, Associate Professor of General and Microbial Biochemistry, received an award in the field of chemistry and molecular biology for the works on the topic "Enzymatic degradation of recalcitrant polysaccharides".
  • Pärt Peterson, Professor of Molecular Immunology, and Kai Kisand, Professor of Cellular Immunology, received an award in the field of medical science for the work "Studies on immune aging and Covid-19 disease".
  • Ebe Merilo, Associate Professor of Plant Biology, and Hannes Kollist, Professor of Molecular Plant Biology, received an award in the field of agricultural sciences for the work “Plants adaptations in a changing climate”.
  • Professor of Sociology Veronika Kalmus, Professor Emeritus Marju Lauristin, Associate Professor of Data Studies Anu Masso, Research Fellow in Sociology of Media Signe Opermann, Professor Emeritus Peeter Vihalemm and Professor of Communication Studies Triin Vihalemm received a research award for the transformation of social sciences and thoughts. 

Ingrid Rüütel and Ene-Margit Tiit received Lifetime Achievement Award of 40,000 euros for long-term successful research and development work.


Priit Väljamäe's CV in the Estonian Scientific Information System and list of publications (according to Google Scholar)

Website of the IMCB Cellulose research group.


Referenced from the article published on the website of the Ministry of Education and Research (in Estonian)


Photo in the header: the key members of the IMCB cellulose research group, left to right: Priit Väljamäe, Silja Kuusk, Jürgen Jalak. Photo: Andres Tennus / University of Tartu.

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