Every year, the Max Planck Society recognizes young researchers for outstanding scientific achievements in connection with their doctorate. The Otto Hahn Medal is endowed with 7,500 EUR prize money and the aim is to motivate particularly talented individuals to pursue a university or research career. Milena Schuhmacher, IMPRS-CellDevoSys PhD student from the research lab of André Nadler at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics receives the medal for quantitative analysis of lipid dynamics and lipid-protein interactions in living cells. Milena says: “It fascinates me how many questions in the natural sciences are not yet entirely answered and thus remain elusive. Especially in the research area of membrane biology, we are only just beginning to understand a lot of processes and are constantly making new connections. This renders every project an adventure at the end of which, in addition to new findings, more questions await. Furthermore, I enjoy working in two disciplines, chemistry and biology, which makes my work incredibly varied.” The medal will be awarded on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the Max Planck Society in June 2021.
Congratulations from all of us!
The Max Planck Society honors up to 30 young scientists and researchers each year with the Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievements since 1978. The award is named after the German chemist and Nobel laureate Otto Hahn (1879-1968), who was president of the MPG from 1948 to 1960. Since 1978, more than 1000 scientists and researchers have been awarded the Otto Hahn Medal.