Dr. Laura Hartmann becomes a full professor of Preparative Polymer Chemistry at the University of Düsseldorf
Prof. Hartmann surrounded by her colleagues on the day of her habilitation at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces.
Prof. Hartmann´s expertise lies in design and synthesis of sugar-polymers on immobilized surface. This artificial, sequence- and structure defined sugar macromolecules have an enormous potential in biomedicine: they are used as building blocks for creation of various new classes of biomolecules. In basic research these biomolecules may be used for deciphering the role of sugar in cell signaling and immune response. In pharmacology and medicine, their potential is explored for targeted drug delivery (glycomimetics), as a new class of drugs, in tissue engineering (sugar hydrogels as tissue scaffolds) or as biosensors.
Until receiving a full professorship at the University of Düsseldorf, Prof. Hartmann was Emmy Noether junior research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Dpt. of Biomolecular Systems in Potsdam-Golm. She received her postdoctoral training at the Stanford University in the groups of Prof. Dr. C. Frank (Chemical Engineering) and Prof. Dr. C. Ta (School of Medicine). Her recent success includes endorsement of the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation (“Plus 3” Programme), the Young Investigator Prize of the Expert Group Macromolecular Chemistry of the German Chemical Society and several publications in high-ranking journals (Pussak et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013 and Ponader et al. JACS 2014). Prof. Hartmann´s self-published book: The Glycopolymer Code will be out later in 2014.
For BMS Blog Prof. Hartmann opened up about the challenges and opportunities of an upward science career.