Prof. Dr. Doris Hellerschmied is investigating how cells deal with stress. She is one of six research talents to whom the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2019 awarded one of the most valuable German science prizes, the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award. With the prize money of 1.65 million euros, Dr. Hellerschmied, who was previously at Yale University, is setting up her own research group at the UDE. At the Centre for Medical Biotechnology (ZMB), the biochemist hopes to find out how the so-called Golgi apparatus in cells reacts to excessive external stress.

When it comes to improving car engines, producing nanomaterials and designing power units, an understanding of combustion processes is essential. Prof. Dr. Hai Wang from Stanford University in the USA is an expert in this field. As the winner of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award, he was a guest of Prof. Dr. Christof Schulz at the UDE NanoEnergie­TechnikZentrum (NETZ) in order to investigate these questions.

Dr. Heike Mauer was awarded the Science Prize for Gender Research 2019 by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia for her work in the political and social sciences – the first time it has been granted.

Already at the beginning of December 2019, we received the extremely good news that Prof. Dr. Andrea Musacchio is one of the Leibniz Prize winners 2020. The director of the Department of Mechanistic Cell Biology at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund, who also holds a professorship at the UDE, is to receive the most important German research prize for his groundbreaking structural biological work on cell division.