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Biocompatible, environmentally friendly and universal – these are the kinds of high expectations placed on materials today. For materials scientist Klaus Jandt, nature will always be best role model. At the University of Jena in Thuringia, the physicist studies the structures of natural materials – both to understand them better and to reconstruct their interesting properties. 

Die preisgekrönte Mikrobiologin Nicole Dubilier erforscht im Meer das Zusammenleben von Mikroben mit anderem Meeresgetier.

Even as a child, Nicole Dubilier was fascinated by the sea. Today, she counts among the world's leading microbiologists.

Dagmar Köhler-Repp

Dagmar Köhler-Repp was in her mid-twenties when she took the brave step into self-employment. Immediately after completing her studies, the graduate founded the veterinary vaccine company Ripac-Labor.

Nach einer Karriere als Pflanzenphysiologe und Genetiker wurde Yuri Gleba Unternehmer.

Yuri Gleba has developed a technology to produce drugs with tobacco plants. With his companies Nomad Biosciences and Icon Genetics the scientist played a role in the fight against Ebola.

Die gebürtige Französin Emmanuelle Charpentier leitet eine Forschungsabteilung am HZI in Braunschweig.

Enemies are disposed of by the cutting-out of genetic material – this simple trick served as inspiration for French–born Emmanuelle Charpentier, ultimately leading her to revolutionise molecular biology. Today, at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig, Charpentier continues to conduct research and develop her exceptionally precise gene-scissors for use in biotechnology-related fields. 

Der Mikrobiologe Ulrich Rabausch

The microbiologist Ulrich Rabausch is a scientist who now wants turn his dream of entrepreneurship into reality, aided by a millions-strong grant from the German Research Ministry’s GO-Bio competition.

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