Otto Hahn Medal for Benjamin Schumann

Benjamin Schumann has been awarded with the Otto Hahn Medal from the Max Planck Society (MPG). He will receive the price in the ceremony during the 68th annual meeting of the MPG, which takes place from June 21st -22nd in Weimar, Erfurt and Jena. The society recognizes his outstanding doctoral thesis on the development of a general chemical-immunological approach for the identification of sugar antigens as vaccine candidates against bacteria. Schumann, who is Postdoc at Stanford University now, finished his PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam.

Cell surfaces are heavily equipped with carbohydrate structures that are of fundamental importance in human health and the development of disease, such as bacterial infections and tumorigenesis. The approaches used to study these biomolecules are limited. Schumanns aim is to use synthetic chemistry to generate tools for profiling and perturbing them. He seeks to understand the roles carbohydrates play in cell-cell interactions that are important for the development of better vaccines, cancer therapeutics and diagnostic tests.

Otto Hahn Medal
The Max Planck Society has honored up to 30 young scientists and researchers each year with the Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievements since 1978. The award comes with a monetary sum of 7500 euros as recognition. The prize is intended to motivate especially gifted junior scientists and researchers to pursue a future university or research career. Since 1978, more than 910 scientists and researchers have been awarded the Otto Hahn Medal. The award is presented during the general meeting in the following year.


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