Professor Dr. Thomas Laux from the Institute of Biology III at the University of Freiburg has been awarded the Cornelia Harte Award for his achievements on the regulation of pluripotent stem cells in the growth centres of plants.
Laux’s team of researchers have discovered and characterised signalling mechanisms between stem cells and their neighbouring cells – the so-called stem cell niche. The researchers have thus contributed to the basic understanding of stem cells and their use in agritechnical regenerative biology.The prize, which comes with a purse of 5,000 euros, is awarded by the Society of Developmental Biology to scientists who carry out outstanding scientific quantitative investigations in the field of developmental biology. The first Cornelia Harte Award was given in 2003; Professor Laux is the second scientist to receive the prize. The prize is donated by Professor Dr. Cornelia Harte. The objective of the award is to increase the value of statistics-based planning and analysis of developmental biology experiments as basic methods in biology. Thomas Laux received his PhD from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and habilitated in genetics at the University of Tübingen in 1999. In 2000, he moved on to the University of Freiburg. He has received numerous prizes for his achievements in the area of plant stem cell research, including the Auguste Chevalier Medal from the French Academy of Science. He is also a member of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) and the Centre of Biological Signalling Studies (bioss). Laux will be awarded the prize at the 18th Scientific Meeting of the Society of Developmental Biology, to be held in Hanover on the 25th March 2009.
Further information:Prof. Dr. Thomas Laux Institute of Biology IIIUniversity of Freiburg Tel.: +49 (0)761/203-2943 Fax: +49 (0)761/203-2745 E-mail: laux(at)biologie.uni-freiburg.de