Franz-Ulrich Hartl was born in 1957 in Essen, Germany. He currently holds the position of Director, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany. Hartl received his MD from the University of Heidelberg in 1982 and did postgraduate work at Heidelberg, Munich and then Los Angeles from 1982 to 1990 before he began his independent work as a faculty member at the Sloan Kettering Research Institute where he remained from 1991 to 1997. During that time he held the position of Howard Hughes Investigator from 1994 to 1997 after which he returned to Germany to assume his current position. In addition to numerous prizes, including the Albert Lasker Award in Basic Medical Research, which he shared with Arthur L Horwich in 2011, and election to honorific societies, Hartl was elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 2011.
Arthur L Horwich was born in Chicago, USA in 1951. He currently holds the position of Professor of Genetics at the Yale University School of Medicine and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received his undergraduate and medical training at Brown University from 1969 to 1973. After a period of postgraduate clinical training in pediatrics at Yale, Horwich devoted himself to a basic science career as a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute (1978 – 1981) and then back at Yale (1981 – 1984). He has remained on the Yale faculty since that time. In addition to numerous prizes, including the Lasker Award in Basic Medical Science, which he shared with Franz-Ulrich Hartl in 2011, Horwich was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 2003.
29 May 2012 Hong Kong