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IMAGE: Anja Karliczek (center), German Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Professor Hans-Christian Pape (right), President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, confer the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship to Professor… view more 

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Molecular biologist Professor Peter Baumann of Mainz University received an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. Germany’s highest endowed research prize was presented yesterday by Anja Karliczeck, Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Professor Hans-Christian Pape, the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, at an event held in Berlin. Baumann, who was born in Germany in 1969, was selected following his joint nomination by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH (IMB). Backed by a EUR 5 million grant for five years, he became Professor of Molecular Biology at JGU in October 2017 and, in April 2018, Adjunct Director at IMB, which is located on the Gutenberg campus. Baumann previously held a professorship at the University of Kansas Medical Center as well as investigator posts at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. He has received numerous awards, including the Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences Award in 2003 and the HHMI Early Career Scientist Award

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