Thomas Wollert Received the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators presented in partnership with Nature
from the left: Wilhelm Plüster (Eppendorf AG), Prof. Maria Leptin (EMBO), Dr. Thomas Wollert (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry), Prof. Reinhard Jahn (MPI for Biophysical Chemistry), Axel Ziemke (Eppendorf Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH), Dr. Axel Jahns (Eppendorf AG). [less]
from the left: Wilhelm Plüster (Eppendorf AG), Prof. Maria Leptin (EMBO), Dr. Thomas Wollert (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry), Prof. Reinhard Jahn (MPI for Biophysical Chemistry), Axel Ziemke (Eppendorf Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH), Dr. Axel Jahns (Eppendorf AG).
In 2015 Eppendorf AG, the Hamburg life science company is presenting its highly prestigious research prize for the 20th time. The independent Eppendorf Award Jury chaired by Prof. Reinhard Jahn selected Dr. Thomas Wollert. He received the prize for his groundbreaking work in reconstituting complex intracellular membrane events in the test tube using artificial membranes and purified components. His experiments have paved the way for understanding key steps in autophagy, a fundamental process required for the clearance of damaged cell parts in all eukaryotic cells. According to the Jury, these discoveries also harbor the potential for refined drug development since malfunction of autophagy is emerging as a critical event in the development of various diseases.
Anna Kaufmann Received the Roche Oncology Award
Roche has awarded outstanding cancer research work by young scientists at the Roche Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED) Oncology Awards, which recently took place at the Roche site in Penzberg, Germany. The first prize went to Anna Kaufmann from the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried for her basic research on autophagy – a naturally-occurring process in which cells consume their own components. Cells resort to autophagy in order to recycle their resources in times of energy deficiency, but the process can also be part of a self-destruct programme enabling the body to eliminate diseased or defective cells.
Thomas Wollert Received the Walther Flemming Medal 2014
Thomas Wollert was honored with the Walther-Flemming-Medal for his research on decrypting the molecular mechanisms of this process. The medal which is endowed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zellbiologie (DGZ) acknowledges outstanding work in the field of cell biology. It was handed over in the course of the annual meeting of the DGZ on March 21 in Regensburg.