Tübingen, 26th of June 2017. 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. Manuela Kieninger.
Dr. Manuela Kieninger from the MPI for Developmental Biology was awarded with the Otto Hahn Medal for her outstanding studies of mouth-dimorphism in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus as an example of phenotypic plasticity. Phenotypic plasticity represents an important concept in developmental and evolutionary biology. Her thesis provides the first detailed insight into the control of plasticity in multicellular organisms.
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.
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.