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Prof. Dr. Anthony A. Hyman

Cell Biology/Microtubules and Cell Division, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden

Prof. Dr. Anthony A. Hyman

Prof. Dr. Anthony A. Hyman

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Widely regarded as one of the world's leading cell biologists, Anthony A. Hyman has been awarded the Leibniz Prize. Located at the interface between cell biology and developmental biology, his research has focussed primarily on the role of so-called microtubules in cell division. Functioning as dynamic "molecular machines", these cytoskeletal components organise the distribution of a cell's components to its daughter cells. Hyman has developed a range of innovative physical and genomic methods of studying the microtubular cytoskeleton, including laser microsurgery techniques. Using video microscopy and high-throughput processes Hyman has successfully identified hundreds of genes which cause cell division defects. His findings have greatly improved our understanding of cell division as one of the most fundamental and complex biological processes, and his research has also led to important breakthroughs in both cell and systems biology.

Hyman studied zoology at Imperial College in London, took his doctorate at Cambridge, and completed his post-doctoral studies at the University of California in San Francisco. He subsequently became a Group Leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, and was called to the newly established Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI – CBG) in Dresden in 1999, where he continues to research today.