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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Professor Thomas Lengauer Receives Hector Science Prize

Prof.Thomas Lengauer, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, ISCB Vice President, has been awarded the Hector Science Prize. The Hector Foundation II herewith honors his achievements in the field of bioinformatics and his commitment to teaching in higher education. The prize of 150,000 euros is awarded annually to outstanding researchers at German universities. Professor Thomas Lengauer received the prize on January 30, 2015 along with Eva Grebel, Professor of Astronomy at Heidelberg University. This is the seventh time that the benefactor, Hans-Werner Hector, has recognized outstanding German researchers. The prize also includes the appointment as Fellow of the Hector Fellow Academy, which promotes interdisciplinary projects and academic networks. An important aspect of the Foundation is the promotion of particularly talented doctoral students, who can take the first steps to a scientific career under the mentorship of Hector Fellows. "I am looking forward to the interdisciplinary discussions in the Hector Fellow Academy," says Professor Lengauer, "as the key to many future breakthroughs in science lies at the interfaces of different disciplines." Lengauer is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken and an Honorary Professor at Saarland University and the University of Bonn. Since the 1990s, he has significantly contributed to the development of bioinformatics as a scientific discipline. Today, his research topics include computer-assisted analysis of the structure and interactions of proteins, computer-aided drug design, and the development of bioinformatic methods to better understand, diagnose, and treat diseases.

URL: http://zbi-www.bioinf.uni-sb.de/en/professor-thomas-lengauer-receives-hector-science-prize.html

Contact Person: Bertram Somieski (somieski(-at-)mpi-inf.mpg.de)

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