• Hector Fellows

    Distinguished researchers in STEM fields.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lengauer

Department of Computational Biology and Applied Algorithmics, Max Planck Institute of Informatics

Hector Fellow since 2014

Thomas Lengauer was director until May 2018 and is emeritus scientific member at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken as well as honorary professor at the Saarland University and the University of Bonn.

The pioneer in the field of bioinformatics has researched, among other things, the analysis of molecular sequences and structures and today is primarily concerned with disease-oriented issues.

Thomas Lengauer received the Konrad Zuse Medal of the German Informatics Society, the Karl Heinz Beckurts Prize and the AIDS Research Award by the Heinz-Ansmann Foundation. He is a member of the Presidium of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), a member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and the Academia Europaea. From January 2018 to January 2021 he was president of the International Society for Computational Biology and he is co-founder of BioSolveIT GmbH which develops software for computer-based drug design.

Research fields


  • Computational biology
  • Combinatorial optimization in science and engineering
  • Computational chemistry