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Prof. Dr. Franz-Ulrich Hartl

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried

Phone: +49 89 8578-2244
Fax: +49 89 8578-2211

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Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried

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Photosynthesis, a veritable stroke of genius on the part of nature,  makes the existence of higher life forms possible. If it can be  optimized, it may be able to make an even greater contribution to the  resolution of future energy problems. Manajit Hayer-Hartl and Ulrich  Hartl are currently working on this possibility at the Max Planck  Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried.

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Photosynthesis, a veritable stroke of genius on the part of nature, makes the existence of higher life forms possible. If it can be optimized, it may be able to make an even greater contribution to the resolution of future energy problems. Manajit Hayer-Hartl and Ulrich Hartl are currently working on this possibility at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried. [more]

Lasker Award 2011

Franz-Ulrich Hartl receives Lasker Award

Award for Research on Protein Folding

September 12, 2011

Proteins are the cell’s molecular building material and machinery, and they are involved in nearly every bioprocess. Together with Arthur L. Horwich (Yale University, USA), Franz-Ulrich Hartl, director at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, will be awarded the 2011 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for his research on protein folding. The prize comes with a shared $250,000 honorarium and will be awarded by the Lasker Foundation on September 23, 2011 in New York, USA.
Franz-Ulrich Hartl does research at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich, Germany. Zoom Image
Franz-Ulrich Hartl does research at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich, Germany.

Hartl and Horwich discovered that not all proteins can fold inside cells by themselves. They determined that a protein called Chaperonin acts as a cage-like folding “machine” that provides a safe place for proteins to fold, away from outside interference. “By unraveling the mysterious workings of these amazing machines, the researchers gave the medical world a key understanding of how proteins reach their biological potential”, said Maria C. Freire, President of the Lasker Foundation. Because faulty proteins also play a role in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson, Hartl’s results could contribute significantly to developing new drugs for the treatment of these diseases.

 
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