Dr. Christian Hackenberger (34), chemistry, Free University of Berlin
Christian Hackenberger is one of the most promising German early career researchers in the field of bioorganic chemistry. In particular with his work on chemical methods of development, he quickly established an international reputation. The so-called "Staudinger Phospihtligation" method he developed facilitates the systematic linking of proteins with organic substances, which is one of the biggest problems in biological chemistry. Hackenberger's research is of great importance in many areas of the life sciences and has a high application potential, since proteins often also need to be modified for medical applications. For his publications in leading international journals, the chemist has already won several awards. Currently, Hackenberger heads his own working group at the Free University of Berlin as part of the DFG's Emmy Noether Programme.
Dr. Thorsten Holz (29), computer science, Ruhr University of Bochum
The computer scientist Thorsten Holz has gained international renown in the field of IT security and data protection, especially for his work on virtual security threats and the development of defence mechanisms. His novel research approaches are combined with a high proficiency in the technical details of malware. On this basis, the dedicated junior professor at the Ruhr University of Bochum has developed methods that have already found their way into widespread use. Currently, Holz is engaged in the de-anonymisation of internet users as a result of their membership in social networks a topic with which he is also attracting attention beyond the scientific community.
Dr. Moritz Kerz (27), mathematics, University of Duisburg-Essen
In the field of algebraic number theory and algebraic geometry, Moritz Kerz was
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