April 2, 2014

Laukien Prize was awarded to six solid-state NMR spectroscopists


Laukien Prize Winners together with the Award Committee and Bruker representatives

The Laukien Prize was established to honor Bruker’s founder, Gunther Laukien, and recognizes cutting-edge experimental NMR research with strong potential for enabling beneficial new applications.

At ENC 2014, the Prize was awarded to six solid-state NMR spectroscopists for their role in the development, perfection and application of magic-angle sample spinning (MAS) solid-state NMR. Their work determined 3D protein structures and the study of associated molecular dynamics processes.

Professor Richard R. Ernst opened ENC with an introduction of the six laureates, who then had an opportunity to each present a special lecture to the audience.

Bruker is pleased to honor the six laureates and support their ongoing work in the field of solid-sate NMR:


  • Professor Marc Baldus, Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research, Utrecht University – The research in the Marc Baldus group focuses on the development and application of high resolution solid state NMR methods to study 3D molecular structure and dynamics in complex biological molecules in close relationship to function
  • Professor Mei Hong, John D. Corbett Professor of Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University – The objective of research in the Mei Hong group is to elucidate the structure and mechanism of action of membrane proteins and other macromolecules important in biology
  • Professor Ann McDermott, Esther Breslow Professor of Biological Chemistry, Columbia University – The research in the Ann McDermott group focuses on the ability of naturally occurring proteins to catalyze chemical reactions, focusing specifically on the inherent flexibility of enzymes and the coordination of chemistry to conformational exchange, using magnetic resonance methods
  • Professor Beat H. Meier, Laboratorium für Physikalische Chemie, ETH Zürich, Switzerland – The central goal of the research in the Beat Meier group is to use and develop solid state NMR techniques to study materials and biological systems, as well as fundamental phenomena in physical chemistry
  • Professor Hartmut Oschkinat, NMR-supported Structural Biology, Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP), Berlin – The main focus of the Hartmut Oschkinat group is the development of solid state magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR methodology for structural studies of various important biological systems, in particular for structural characterization of protein-protein interactions that are responsible for the reception and transduction of signals in biological systems
  • Dr. Robert Tycko, Chief, Solid State NMR and Biomolecular Physics Section, Laboratory of Chemical Physics, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD – Development of solid state NMR methods for structural studies of biopolymers and the application of these methods to problems in biophysical chemistry and structural biology