Two former PhD students awarded Lutz and Celia Zwillenberg Prizes Simona Amodeo and Shubva Bevkal Subramanyaswamy were both awarded prizes for their PhD theses on African trypanosomes. Simona did her PhD in Torsten Ochsenreiter’s group where she studied the replication and segregation of mitochondrial DNA. Shubha did her PhD with Isabel Roditi on the function of Alba-domain proteins during parasite differentiation. Both prizewinners have remained in the field of molecular parasitology – Simona is investigating ribosomal maturation in trypanosomes in André Schneider’s group at the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Bern. Shubha moved to Laura Kirkland’s laboratory at Weill Cornell College of Medicine, New York, where her research focuses on the proteasome-ubiquitin system as a drug target in malaria.