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Award for Peter Hegemann

  • 04.13.2018 | Awards

    Professor Peter Hegemann received Canada Gairdner International Award 2018.

    For the discovery of light-gated ion channel mechanisms, and for the discovery of optogenetics, a technology that has revolutionized neuroscience, the Professor for neurosciences and experimental biophysics was awarded with Canada Gairdner International Award.

    Hector Fellow Peter Hegemann’s research focused almost entirely on the characterization of natural sensory photoreceptors, mainly from microalgae. Hegemann has characterized behavioral and photoelectric responses of the unicellular alga, Chlamydomonas, which cumulated in the claim that the photoreceptors for these responses was a rhodopsin that unified the sensor and ion channel in one protein. He finally proved this hypothesis by identifying the light-gated channel, channelrhodopsin and by demonstrating its functionality in animal cells.

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