On December 24 our GRIAC student Fabiola Puertolas-Balint was awarded the Avril McDonald Prize for excellent Master research in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The title of her Master thesis was: "Whole Genome Sequence analysis of Aspergillus fumigatus clinical isolates”. Fabiola finished her master with distinction. She is first author on a paper in Frontiers in Microbiology (Front Microbiol. 2019 Sep 4;10:1970. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01970. eCollection 2019). Currently, Fabiola performs her PhD studies at the University Umea, Sweden; her focus lies on the host-microbiome interactions.