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Maja Köhn


Maja Köhn

University of Freiburg, Germany

Prof. Maja Köhn studied chemistry at the University of Kiel, Germany. In 2005 she obtained her PhD from the Max-Planck-Institute and University Dortmund, Germany, under the direction of H. Waldmann. She conducted her postdoctoral work with G. L. Verdine at Harvard University, USA. 2007-2016 she was an independent group leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. Since 2016 she is Full Professor for Integrative Signaling Research at the Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany. Maja Köhn’s research involves the application of methods of synthetic chemistry and molecular cell biology to study and target phosphatases in health and disease.She was awarded prestigious grants: An Emmy-Noether research group from the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2010, followed by a Starting Grant in 2013 from the European Research Council (ERC), and an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2019. Her awards include the Friedmund Neumann prize of the Schering Foundation, the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, and the Miklos Bodanszky Award of the European Peptide Society. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), an Associate Editor for the journal Chemical Science, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of the journals Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, RSC Chemical Biology as well as ACS Chemical Biology.

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