Elena Conti

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Elana Conti
Born (1967-02-14) February 14, 1967 (age 51)
EducationImperial College, London (PhD 1996)
University of Pavia (Chemistry, 1961)
Known forRNA transport, RNA metabolism
Awards Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (2008)
Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine (2014) [1]
Scientific career
Fieldsstructural biology, biophysics, molecular biology, crystallography, chemistry
InstitutionsMax Planck Institute of Biochemistry; Rockefeller University; EMBL; Heidelberg

Elena Conti (born 14 February 1967 in Varese, Italy) is an Italian biochemist and molecular biologist. She serves as Director and Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany, where she uses structural biology and biophysical techniques to study RNA transport and RNA metabolism.[2] in Martinsried, Germany. Together with Elisa Izaurralde, she helped characterize proteins important for exporting mRNA out of the nucleus.[3]


Since January 2006, she has been the Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany.[2]


In 2008, Conti was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. The prize was shared with Elisa Izaurralde and awarded for "fundamental new insights into intracellular RNA transport and RNA metabolism."[3] In 2014 she received the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine [4] for her important contributions to understanding the mechanisms governing RNA quality, transport and degradation. In 2018, she received the Bijvoet Medal of the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research of Utrecht University[5]


  1. ^ Louis-Jeantet Prize
  2. ^ a b "Conti, Elena". www.mpg.de.
  3. ^ a b "DFG, German Research Foundation - Honour, Prize Money and "Idyllic Freedom": 2008 Leibniz Prizewinners Announced". www.dfg.de.
  4. ^ Louis-Jeantet Prize
  5. ^ "Bijvoet Medal". Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research. Retrieved 2018-04-24.