Dr. Tim Clausen (34), Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna
Biochemist Tim Clausen graduated in biology from the University of Constance. He went on to do his doctorate at Munich Technical University and returned to Constance to work on his "Habilitation". His research focuses on structural-functional relationships in the active centre of pyridoxal (PLP) dependent enzymes and flavoproteins. Thanks to its considerable importance in metabolic processes and its wide variety of reaction mechanisms, this highly diversified group of proteins has attracted the attention of scientists for several years. This is why Tim Clausen has focused on a less known sub-class of these enzymes which are also involved in the metabolisms of amino acids containing sulphur or in the regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes. He has displayed unusual skills in combining molecular biology and biochemical expertise with a sound knowledge of high-dissolution X-ray structural analysis.
In 1994, he started working as head of a study group at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried. Owing to his excellent research achievements, Tim Clausen was appointed group head for structural biology at the Research Institute for Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna in November 2002. (http://www.imp.univie.ac.at)
Dr. Dirk Kerzel (32), General Psychology Department, University of Gieen
Dirk Kerzel's research focuses on basic research in experimental psychology. His examinations concentrate on human perception, particularly on the structures and processes of the visual system, but also touch on central issues of mental processing of events and circumstances. With the aid of a series of experiments specially designed to address these issues, he succeeded in refuting common assumptions about how dynamic processes in our environment are represented at a cognition psycholog
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