Aachen Engineering Award Winner Receives Nobel Prize in Chemistry


Professor Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier shares the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with the US American scientist Jennifer A. Doudna for developing a gene-editing tool.


This was announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. On behalf of RWTH Aachen University, Rector Ulrich Rüdiger congratulates the co-developer of the Crispr/Cas9 genetic scissors on receiving this prestigious award. In 2018, RWTH Aachen University and the City of Aachen honored Charpentier, a scientist at the Max Planck Research Center for the Science of Pathogens in Berlin, with the Aachen Engineering Award.

“Emmanuelle Charpentier’s achievements are tremendous. After decoding the genome and then developing the genetic scissors, she has made possible exciting new methods of modifying genetic sequences. This not only provides us with essential insights, but also opens up the possibility of treating serious human diseases, among other things,” explains RWTH’s Rector.