This year’s awardee of the Carl Zeiss Lecture, the most visible prize of the German Society for Cell Biology, is Anthony A. Hyman, director at the MPI-CBG, and member of the CSBD. The lecture is scheduled for September 27th in Tübingen during the fall conference of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) and the German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ).
Anthony Hyman receives this award for his visions in Cell Biology, which is to look for new ideas and develop novel approaches to push them forward. He is both a leader and an example for young researchers, stimulating and inspiring, enabling careers for his fellows. His work has deepened the molecular understanding of microtubules and how their dynamic properties in mitosis enable bipolar spindle formation and faithful chromosome segregation. More recently, Anthony Hyman pioneered the molecular analysis of phase separation as a basic principle of organization in the nucleus, the cytoplasm and at centrosomes of eukaryotic cells. He contributed more than 250 original research papers to the cell biological community.
The Carl Zeiss Lecture was instituted in 1990 by ZEISS to enhance the chances of the DGZ of gaining scientists of international renown for its annual meeting. In 1993 the Carl Zeiss Lecture was changed into an award. Laureates to the Carl Zeiss Lecture are selected by a committee made up of the Society’s President, a member of the Advisory Board, and a representative of ZEISS.