Disarming bacteria as a strategy against resistances

Stephan A. Sieber receives the 2016 Klung Wilhelmy Science Award

Prof. Dr. Stephan A. Sieber – Bild: Astrid Eckert / TUM
Prof. Dr. Stephan A. Sieber – Bild: Astrid Eckert / TUM

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The 2016 Klung Wilhelmy Science Award has been bestowed upon Prof. Stephan A. Sieber. The TUM chemist was honored for his achievements in the synthesis of substances to fight pathogenic bacteria. He was also honored for his basic research on bacterial virulence, according to the jury. The distinction comes with 75,000 euro in prize money.

Stephan Sieber’s central research focus lies on the development of specific active agents to curb infectious diseases caused by bacteria. His unique strategy is to merely disarm the bacteria. Since the bacteria are not killed in the process, this strategy precludes the development of resistances.

The Kung Wilhelmy Science Award honors young, top researchers. The award is bestowed in annual alternation of the fields of physics and chemistry in a cooperation between the Otto Klug Foundation at the Free University of Berlin and the Dr. Wilhelmy Foundation. Five of the previous award recipients went on to win the Nobel Prize – the physicists Theodor W. Hänsch, Gerd K. Binnig, Horst L. Störmer and Johann Georg Bednorz, as well as the chemist Hartmut Michel.