Elvira Mass receives Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Price 2020

March 02, 2020

Prof. Elvira Mass - LIMES Institute


DFG and BMBF award Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes 2020

This year, four scientists will receive the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, the most important award for young scientists in Germany. This was decided by a selection committee in Bonn set up by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The award ceremony, each endowed with 20,000 euros, will take place on May 5 in Berlin.

Congratulations to our cluster member Prof. Elvira Mass from the LIMES Institute for receiving this prestigious award.

Prof. Dr. Elvira Mass (33), Immunology, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universit├Ąt Bonn

Elvira Mass examines the development and function of macrophages, i.e. cells of the innate immune system. With her work, she has contributed groundbreaking insights into the molecular basis of the role of tissue macrophages in organogenesis - the formation of the organs during embryonic development - which she was able to publish in a high-ranking publication. The knowledge they have gained contributes to a better understanding of certain diseases, such as osteopetrosis, which leads to an accumulation of bone substance, or neurodegenerative diseases, which are caused by mutation-bearing microglial cells. Elvira Mass received her doctorate in Bonn, then did research in London and New York, until she returned to the LIMES Institute at the University of Bonn as a junior research group leader, where she was recently appointed W2 professor.

Find the german press release here.