Berthold awards Marlene DeLuca prices

Awardee: Butheina Abdullah Mohammed AlHaddabi (Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman)
Awardee: Sushei Kanie (University of Nagoya, Japan)

For outstanding scientific contributions to the 18th International Symposium on Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence the Marlene DeLuca award has been presented to 3 scientists from Oman, Japan and Sweden. The award is intended to encourage young researchers in their scientific work and is donated with $ 1,500.

It has been named in honour of Marlene DeLuca who has pioneered the science of bioluminescence and chemiluminescence, one of her many contributions being the first cloning of the firefly luciferase gene.

Berthold Technologies traditionally awards the prices at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence (ISBC). The recent event took place in Uppsala, Sweden, and had been hosted by Prof. Roland Lindh, Uppsala University, Department of Quantum Chemistry.

Awardee Pooria Farahani (Uppsala University, Schweden) Together with Dr. Larry Kricka (University of Pennsylvania, USA), Professor Aldo Roda (University Bologna, Italy) and Marion Gerold (Berthold Technologies) (R to L)

These 3 young researchers have been selected for their excellent presentations and results:

  • Butheina Abdullah Mohammed AlHaddabi, Sultan Qaboos University, Department of Chemistry and The Royal Court: Determination of the total phenolic / antioxidant content in honey samples using formaldehyde / potassium permanganate chemiluminescence system in a novel microfluidics device”
  • Shusei Kanie, Nagoya University, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Dept. of Applied Molecular Biosciences: Biosynthetic Components and Decarboxylation from L-Cystein in Firefly Luciferin Biosynthesis”
  • Pooria Farahani, Uppsala University, Department of Chemistry - Angstrom Lab: „CASPT2/CASSCF Study of the Ring-Opening Mechanism of Dewar Dioxetane”

More information and links to the internet pages of the winners‘ laboratories can be found at

Bernd Hutter
phone: +497081177-0

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