Dr. Heike Krebber (42), molecular biology, University of Marburg
Heike Krebber is seen as an exceptionally original scientist in the field of molecular biology. She has made a name for herself, in particular, through her publications on nucleus-cytoplasm transport and mRNP biogenesis. Building on her studies on intracellular transfer of genetic information, done while working as a postdoc at Harvard, she has discovered new factors that are essential for the export of messenger-ribonucleic acid (mRNA) from the cell nucleus. Also, she has, for the first time, been able to demonstrate that nuclear export factors play a decisive role in the translation of mRNA for protein synthesis. Krebber and her research team have identified a factor that is very important for the termination of protein synthesis, and have proposed a new model for the mechanism of translation. This work by Krebber who has led her own research group at the University of Marburg for the past nine years has been published in highly respected journals, causing an international sensation.
Prof. Dr. Ing. Gisela Lanza (35), mechanical engineering, University of Karlsruhe
Gisela Lanza is working on new solutions for handling complex relationships at the start-up of industrial production processes. In her work, she is attempting to simulate and evaluate unstable production processes as early as the planning stage and during the start-up phase in order to arrive at effective countermeasures that will ultimately make cheaper and higher quality production possible. The models and simulation methods developed by Lanza are both scientifically relevant and economically significant in industrial practice. Since 2008 she has held a "shared professorship", which has
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