For research on the decoding of the gene transcription mechanism using X‑ray methods
The German Röntgen Museum Remscheid-Lennep e.V. awards the Röntgenplakette this year to Hector Fellow Prof. Dr. Patrick Cramer, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Natural Sciences and Honorary Professor at the Georg August University of Göttingen, for his pioneering research on the decoding of the gene transcription mechanism using X‑ray methods.
Since 1951, the Society of Friends and Sponsors of the German Roentgen Museum has honored personalities who have rendered outstanding services to the progress and dissemination of Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen's discoveries in the broadest sense with this scientific award.
Prof. Patrick Cramer is a chemist and molecular biologist. He researches how cells read out information stored in the genome (gene transcription). He was able to decipher the three-dimensional structure of one of the largest enzymes in the cell nucleus and thereby elucidate essential parts of the transcription mechanism. The decoding of the spatial structure of RNA polymerase and transcription are milestones in molecular biology.
The Röntgenplakette was officially awarded by the Lord Mayor on May 06, 2023 in the Minoritensaal of the Klosterkirche in Remscheid-Lennep.