Excellence Award for Karima Relizani

November 26, 2015


Karima Relizani, MyoGrad graduate (P1) and Doctor of Molecular and Cell Biology received the Special Jury Award for the best German-French dissertation. The prize is awarded each year by the French-German-University for an outstanding dissertation and is sponsored by the Robert Bosch Foundation.


Karima was admitted as one of the first jointly supervised doctoral students to the MyoGrad program in 2010. In her dissertation on "The function of Activin receptor type IIB signaling in adult skeletal muscle" she investigated the effect of the soluble Activin receptor type IIB on the muscle metabolism of mdx mice, the mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. She found out that despite an increase of muscle mass, the muscles of the treated mdx mice fatigued much earlier and developed a metabolic myopathy. Her findings will be part of several clincal studies and are of high relevance for patients's safety.

Karima graduated from MyoGrad with "summa cum laude" and obtained a joint doctoral degree from Freie Universität Berlin and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI according to the cotutelle procedure.

On November 26, 2015 Professor Dr. Patricia Oster-Stierle, the President of the French-German University, in the presence of His Excellency the Germany Ambassador in France Dr. Niklaus Meyer-Landrut presented to Dr. rer. nat. Karima Relizani the Excellence Award of the Jury 2015 during a festive ceremony at the German Embassy in Paris.