Gisela Taucher-Scholz receives Ulrich Hagen Award
The GSI biochemistry professor Gisela Taucher-Scholz has received this year’s Ulrich Hagen Award of the Gesellschaft für Biologische Strahlenforschung (German Society for Biological Radiation Research – GBS). The award presentation ceremony was held as part of the annual GBS congress at the Klinikum Frankfurt on September 17, 2018. The award certificate and a medal were presented by the President of GBS, Professor Michael Hausmann.
Gisela Taucher-Scholz studied biochemistry in Santiago, Chile, and received her doctorate for a research project conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg. She has worked in the biophysics department of GSI since 1988, and has headed a research group there since 1999. She was awarded an honorary professorship in biology at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD) in 2012. Her research activities focus on the molecular radiobiology of charged particles, DNA repair in the context of chromatin, and spatiotemporal studies and living-cell microscopy of repair proteins. In addition to research, her work is mainly devoted to providing support for young academics. This aspect of her work is reflected in her many years of commitment as a juror in the youth science competition “Jugend Forscht” and her scientific presentations to schools as part of the “Brückenschlagen” (Building Bridges) project, to name just a few examples. Since 2011 she has been responsible for the Radiation Biophysics module in the master’s degree program Technical Biology, which is offered every winter semester at GSI.
The Ulrich Hagen Award has been presented since 2004 to scientists for outstanding achievements in the field of radiation research. The award is named after Professor Ulrich Hagen (1925–2007), the pioneer of molecular radiation biology.
GBS presents this award every two years for significant achievements in biological radiation research. In addition to scientific excellence, there are also additional criteria, such as participation in the support of young academics and networking and commitment to the research community in Germany. (cp)