• Hector Fellows

    Distinguished researchers in STEM fields.

Prof. Dr. Patrick Cramer

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen site

Hector Fellow since 2020

Patrick Cramer is director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and honorary professor at the University of Göttingen.

He studies macromolecular complexes of the nucleus and functional genomics of gene regulation. He is one of the world's leading experts on the mechanisms of gene transcription in eukaryotic cells. He resolved the three-dimensional structure of RNA polymerase II, discovered mechanisms underlying gene regulation at the origin of genes and developed methods to track the metabolism of mRNA in cells. More recently, he is working on the development of methods to visualize and functionally analyze the transcription of a natural DNA template called chromatin.

Patrick Cramer has been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the DFG (German Research Foundation), the Ernst Schering Prize, the Ernst Jung Prize, the Otto Warburg Medal and the Federal Cross of Merit.

Research Fields

Biology, Chemistry

  • Molecular Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Functional Genomics
  • Bioinformatics


Prof. Dr. Patrick Cramer receives Hector Science Award