Manajit Hayer-Hartl receives Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award

Manajit Hayer-Hartl, head of the research group "Chaperonin-assisted Protein Folding” at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried receives the Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award 2017 of the Protein Society. The Award, sponsored by Genentech, is granted in recognition of exceptional contributions to protein science which profoundly influence our understanding of biology. For the past two decades Hayer-Hartl has investigated the mechanism of GroEL and its co-factor GroES. This work led to the insight that the chaperonin, in addition to preventing aggregation, profoundly influences the free-energy landscapes of folding for some proteins by accelerating folding through entropic destabilization of unfolded states in the confining environment of the folding cage, a mechanism that can be considered specific to chaperonin. By studying the biogenesis of the photosynthetic enzyme Rubisco Dr. Hayer-Hartl also discovered new mechanisms of chaperone-assisted protein assembly. The award will be conferred at the 31st Annual Symposium of the Protein Society in July 24 - 27, 2017 in Montreal, Canada.

About Manajit Hayer-Hartl
Dr. Manajit Hayer-Hartl completed her PhD in Chemistry at the University Stirling, UK 1984. Between 1984 and 1990 she held post-doctoral fellowships at the Louis Pasteur Institute in Strasbourg, France, at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich and the Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles, USA. From 1991 to 1997, she did research at the Sloan Kettering Institute, New York, USA. Subsequently, she was project group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried. Since 2006, she is head of the research group "Chaperonin-assisted Protein Folding” at the institute. She is interested in understanding the fundamental mechanisms of chaperone-assisted protein folding and assembly. Hayer-Hartl is an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

About the Protein Society
The Protein Society is the leading international society devoted to furthering research and development in protein science. Founded in 1986, the purpose of the Society is to provide an international forum to facilitate communication, cooperation, and collaboration regarding all aspects of the study of proteins. In support of these goals, the Protein Society publishes Protein Science, leading journal in the field, hosts an annual international symposium, and facilitates the education of early-career protein scientists across all lines of discipline. The membership of the Protein Society represents a wide spectrum of academic, industry, governmental, and non-profit institutions from more than 50 countries around the world.

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