Aachen Engineering Award conferred upon a woman for the first time


As co-founder of the molecular scissor tool CRISPR-Cas9 (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), the microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier, a director of the Max Planck Institute for Infective Biology in Berlin and founding director of the Max Planck Research Center for Pathology, will receive the fifth Aachen Engineering Award on September 7, 2018.


The Aachen Engineering Award is jointly awarded by RWTH and the City of Aachen with support from the Association of German Engineers VDI as prize donor. Every year, the award goes to an individual who makes a positive contribution to the reputation and development of the field of engineering with its work. With the biological method described as “Genome Editing” – a method which targeted cuts and changes DNA - Prof. Charpentier applies scientific findings to engineering.

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