Matthias Mann to receive Leibniz Prize

Prestigious award in recognition of new methods of protein analysis

December 12, 2011

Proteins are the molecular building blocks and machinery of cells, and are involved in practically all biological processes. Matthias Mann, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) in Martinsried, is to receive the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2012 for his work on the development of mass spectrometry procedures for protein analysis. The award comes with a purse of €2.5 million and will be presented on 27 February 2012 in Berlin.

“Without Matthias Mann’s work, now to be honoured with the Leibniz Prize, modern biology would be virtually impossible”, according to a press release issued by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The biochemist has had a decisive influence on large-scale proteomics and therefore on the detection of all proteins associated with biological systems. His greatest achievement is the transfer of the mass spectrometry procedure, which originated in the field of physics, to issues of molecular biology.

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2012 will be awarded to a total of eleven scientists: two women and nine men who were selected from among 131 nominations. The prize is Germany’s most prestigious scientific award and is conferred on outstanding scientists and academics.


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