Berkeley Professor Christopher J. Chang to stay at MPIMR after being awarded the Humboldt Research Award

December 07, 2020

Christopher J. Chang, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded the Humboldt Research Award. The award, honoring internationally recognized researchers, includes a stay at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg where Chang will be hosted by Professor Kai Johnsson.

Christopher J. Chang

Christopher J. Chang, Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the leading scientists in the areas of chemical biology and inorganic chemistry. He combines approaches from fundamental areas of inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry to address central problems in neuroscience, metabolism, and energy research. In particular, he has designed chemical tools for real-time molecular imaging of metal ion and oxidation chemistry in living systems.


During his stay in Germany, Professor Chang intends to develop new approaches to elucidate the role of transition metal ions in neurobiology. "I thank the Humboldt Foundation for their generous support, it is an honor and I look forward to the exciting opportunities to build new collaborations with our colleagues in Germany to advance our understanding of the chemistry of life", says Professor Chang. He will be hosted by Professor Kai Johnsson at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg.


The Humboldt Research Award

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards to internationally leading researchers of all disciplines from abroad in recognition of their academic record to date. The award amount is €60,000. Award winners are also invited to conduct a research project of their choice at a research institution in Germany in cooperation with specialist colleagues there. The award enables a total stay of between six months and a full year, which can be split into multiple stays. (Information from

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