Emil Fischer Medal for H. Waldmann

Emil Fischer Medal for H. Waldmann

Author: Jonathan Faiz/ChemViews

Professor Herbert Waldmann, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology and Technical University Dortmund, Germany, is the recipient of the 2012 Emil Fischer Medal. The Medal is awarded every two years by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) for work in the area of organic chemistry. It was presented during the opening ceremony of the ORCHEM2012 conference in Weimar, Germany, on September 24, 2012. As part of the prize, Waldmann delivered a lecture entitled “Biology-orientated synthesis”.

Herbert Waldmann gained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Mainz, Germany. He spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of George Whitesides, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, before joining the staff at the University of Mainz as Senior Scientist in 1986. Waldmann completed his Habiliation at the University of Mainz in 1991 and shortly after took up an appointment as Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany. From 1993–1999, he was Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. In 1999 he took up his current position as Director of the Department Chemical Biology at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology and Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Technical University Dortmund, Germany.

Waldmann´s research focuses on the chemical biology of protein lipidation, new techniques for the surface immobilization of proteins and small molecules, structural classification of ligand binding protein cores and natural products, and includes work on developing new methods for the synthesis of biological probes.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of Angewandte Chemie and the Editorial Advisory Board of ChemBioChem.

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