the Otto Hahn Medal
During the 68th Annual Meeting of the MPG Julian von der Ecken was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal for young scientists for his structural investigation of key muscle proteins.
June 26, 2017
We still lack high-resolution structures of muscle proteins during their interaction. Dr. Julian von der Ecken, postdoc in the lab of Prof. Dr. Stefan Raunser, was able to determine these structures partially by using cryo-electron microscopy and published the results in the journal Nature in two independent articles. For this outstanding scientific achievements, he and a small group of young scientists were honoured with the Otto Hahn Medal during the 68th Annual Meeting of the Max Planck Society in Thuringia.
The prize is intended to motivate especially gifted junior scientists and researchers to pursue a future university or research career. The award is presented during the general meeting in the following year.
“Structural analysis of biomolecules enables me to be the first to visualize and decipher their architecture. This in combination with establishing state-of-the-art technologies and methods, which are needed in electron cryo-microscopy, is a fascinating challenge and pushes me forward. Before I take my next step, I would like to investigate intermediate states of muscle proteins during interaction.” (Julian von der Ecken)