Prof. Peter Hegemann receives prestigious Lasker award

Most renowned price for biomedical research in the US is awarded to Peter Hegemann, Dieter Oesterhelt and Karl Deisseroth

Peter Hegemann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Dieter Oesterhelt (Max Planck Institut für Biochemie) and Karl Deisseroth (Stanford University) share the 2021 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for the discovery of light-sensitive microbial Rhodopsin proteins and their use to activate or silence brain cells. Their work advanced optogenetic technologies, which led to an improved understanding of neurodegenerative and psychological diseases.

More information on this years award can be found on the homepage of the Lasker foundation.


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