Professor Jijie Chai, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship (W3-professorship)

University of Cologne and the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) attract a world-leading scientist

May 16, 2016

Professor Jijie Chai at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, has been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, one of Germany’s most prestigious research awards.

Jijie Chai is a trained chemist and an internationally renowned structural biologist applying protein crystallography for a deeper understanding of biological processes in plants and humans. Recently he successfully integrated cryo-EM methodology in his research programme for the functional analysis of large heteromeric protein complexes of the innate immune system.

With the joint recruitment of Professor Jijie Chai, the University of Cologne and the MPIPZ attract a world-leading scientist whose research will bridge the gap between structure-function relations of biological macromolecules on the one hand and cellular processes on the other hand. With the establishment of a cryo EM platform in Cologne, Jijie Chai will conduct cutting-edge research in the interactive and interdisciplinary Cologne research environment by providing novel tools for the study of complex biological machines at structural and functional levels.

The Alexander von Humboldt professorship is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with five million euros in Germany.


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