Benoit Viollet

Benoit Viollet is the recipient of the 2015 Descartes-Huygens Prize. He has been awarded the prize for his outstanding research and his contribution to Franco-Dutch relations.

About the laureate

DescartesHuygensPrize Viollet 220x267Benoit Viollet (born in 1968) is a molecular physiologist. He is affiliated with the prestigious Institute Cochin, part of the Université Paris Descartes, where he heads a research group that studies the physiological role of the energy sensor AMPK (AMP-activated protein kinase) in cells. AMPK plays an essential role in cardiac muscle metabolism.

Benoit Viollet is an outstanding and highly productive researcher. The jury was impressed by his citation score and his publication record of more than two hundred scientific publications in influential journals and books. Viollet received the Institut Benjamin Delessert Award in 2004 and the Nutrition Research Award in 2000. The Descartes-Huygens Prize will allow him to spend a six-month research period at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. The project includes a symposium for Dutch and French researchers in Paris.