Science award of the Hector Foundation II
for professors from Heidelberg and Saarbrücken
HEIDELBERG/WEINHEIM. The new awardees of the Hector Science Award explore the vastness of the universe and tiny molecules, respectively. In 2015 the prize was awarded to Prof. Dr. Eva Grebel (University of Heidelberg) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lengauer (Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics Saarbrücken).
Grebel, professor of Astronomy at the University of Heidelberg, is one of the leading researchers in the field of galaxy evolution. As a pioneer in the new research field "galactic archaeology" she uses age, movements and composition of stars as fossil witnesses of the evolution of near galaxies and the Milky Way. She investigates star formation and heavy-element enrichments as well as the role of fusion processes with smaller galaxies and dark matter.
Lengauer is director of the Max-Planck-Institute of Informatics in Saarbrücken and honorary professor at the University of the Saarland. Since the nineties he has contributed significantly to setting up bioinformatics as a scientific discipline. Today, his major fields of research are protein structure and function prediction (the latter partly based on gene expression data) and computational drug screening and design. Furthermore, he aims to improve methods in bioinformatics to contribute to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.