In the year 2018, Franz-Ulrich Hartl, director at the Max-Planck-Institute for biochemistry was inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Research. Hartl was awarded for his pioneering discovery of and work on unique proteins with a special function, called chaperone. Chaperone mediate protein folding of newly synthesized proteins into their spatial structure. Misfolding of proteins can result in diseases like Parkinson. Therefore, he studies approaches and pharmaceutical agents to prevent protein misfolding.
Hartl started his academic education at the University of Heidelberg and completed his Doctor of Medicine and Doctor Medicinae at the same university. He has received numerous honors and awards in the field of chemistry.