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05.06.2014 By: Nadja Winter

Prestigious award for young scientist

Marlene Holder is awarded the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society

Tübingen, 2014-06-05. Once again, the Otto Hahn Medals were awarded yesterday at the Annual Meeting of the Max Planck Society in Munich, Germany. One of the coveted awards for junior scientists goes to Dr. Marlene Holder, who did her PhD in the research group of Dr. Fulvia Bono at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany.

Many young PhD students are now in the limelight of the Otto Hahn Medal award’s ceremony – among them Marlene Holder, a former PhD student of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. Her research group leader Fulvia Bono nominated her for the award. “Marlene was my first PhD student and I am very proud of her. We are very pleased that she receives this award,” says Bono.

During her doctorate, Marlene worked on Importin13, a protein which moves around between nucleus and cytoplasm and transports various other proteins. Usually these transport factors only work unidirectional, which means either they transport molecules into the nucleus or they bind cargo proteins in the nucleus and transport them into the cytoplasm. Importin13 is a very unusual transport factor that can both import and export cargo.

Marlene studied in Bayreuth and became interested in structural biology. She received her PhD with summa cum laude in 2013 at the University of Tübingen. Since October 2013, Marlene is a post-doctoral fellow in the research group of Prof. Dr. Karim-Jean Armache at the Skirball Institute at New York University, USA. Currently, she investigates, among other projects, how chromatin is able to regulate gene expression.

Otto Hahn Medal and Otto Hahn Award
Since 1978, a few young and especially highly gifted researchers are awarded the Otto Hahn Medal each year – for their outstanding PhD work and to motivate them for a future scientific career. For the Otto Hahn Medal, each graduate student who finished his or her dissertation before the age of 30 can be nominated by one of the Max Planck Institutes. The Max Planck Society finally awards up to 30 PhD students among these nominees with the Otto Hahn Medal and a prize money of 7,500€. Only one of them may receive the Otto Hahn Award, which offers, in addition, the opportunity to head up a research group at a Max Planck Institute usually after the awardee has gathered work experience abroad.

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The Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology conducts basic research in the fields of biochemistry, genetics and evolutionary biology. It employs about 350 people and is located at the Max Planck Campus in Tuebingen, Germany. The Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology is one of 80 research institutes that the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science maintains in Germany. 


Nadja Winter (Public Relations & Communications)
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Dr. Marlene Holder

Dr. Marlene Holder