Peter Hegemann (Humboldt University) honored with Warren Alpert prize for optogenetics research

STARDUST project partner Prof. Dr. Peter Hegemann from Humboldt University of Berlin was honored with the Warren Alpert prize for his revolutionary research on optogenetics, the basis behind the STARDUST project.

The Warren Alpert Foundation recognizes and honors yearly one or more scientists, physicians or researchers whose scientific achievements have led to the prevention, cure or treatment of human diseases or disorders, and/or whose research constitutes a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise of ultimately changing our understanding of or ability to treat disease.

Optogenetics pioneer Peter Hegemann is Hertie professor of Neuroscience in Humboldt University in the Experimental Biophysics group. He has studied light-sensitive molecular channels in single-cell organisms — the key proteins that make optogenetic manipulation possible — and discovered the key principles of light-sensitive channel structure and function along with Karl Deisseroth.

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I feel deeply honored to receive this prestigious award in recognition of the research I conducted with my extraordinary coworkers over many years. I hope the award will promote fundamental basic research for future applications that we have not the slightest idea about quite yet…

- Peter Hegemann

Linda Wederhorn