Otto Warburg Medal 2021
Otto Warburg Medal 2021 for Petra Schwille
"With her findings, Prof. Schwille contributes to identifying and understanding the physicochemical prerequisites for the emergence of cellular life," states Prof. Dr. Blanche Schwappach-Pignataro, President of the GBM. "We are very pleased to award Prof. Schwille, such an important scientist, with the Otto Warburg Medal 2021."
In the Department "Cellular and Molecular Biophysics" at the MPI of Biochemistry, Prof. Petra Schwille and her team try to understand the fundamental characteristics of life by (re)constructing cellular processes and ultimately minimal living cells from drastically simplified functional subsystems such as proteins and protein assemblies.
This approach can provide insights into the emergence of complexity as a driver of biological evolution and, ideally, identify the physicochemical prerequisites for the formation of cellular life.
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