A Humboldt Research Award for an RWTH Partner


Jay D. Keasling was nominated for the award by RWTH Professor Lars M. Blank.

  Two men smile at the camera Copyright: © Institute for Applied Microbiology at RWTH Aachen University Professor Jay D. Keasling (left) was nominated for the Humboldt Research Award by RWTH Professor Lars Blank.

Professor Jay D. Keasling is, among other things, a member of the Advisory Board of the RWTH Fuel Science Center Cluster of Excellence and the new WSS (Werner Siemens Foundation) research center "catalaix", and he is a long-standing partner in the international exchange program ACalNet. He has now been awarded the Humboldt Research Award for internationally leading scientists by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award winners have to be actively nominated by their colleagues.

Keasling holds a professorship at the University of California, Berkeley, is a Senior Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, works as CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), and he is a successful entrepreneur. He was nominated for the award by Professor Lars M. Blank, Director of the Institute of Applied Microbiology at RWTH Aachen University. The two researchers have been working together for many years.

Keasling is being honored for his work in the field of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology in the field of metabolic physiology, biochemistry and genetics of microorganisms. The award will be presented at a symposium in Bamberg in March, which will be attended by both Keasling and Blank. The American was last in Aachen in December, where he reported on his research.