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.