The German Society for Immunology e.V. (DGfI) annually awards the Otto-Westphal Thesis Prize to one of its members. The prize is awarded for the best dissertation on the subject of immunology that was successfully completed in a German-speaking country during the last calendar year (as determined by the date of the oral exam). Self-nomination and nomination by others is possible. The prize carries a prize money of 1,500 EUR.
The prize is named after Prof. Dr. Otto Westphal (1913-2004), founding director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Immunobiology in Freiburg as well as founding member and long-standing president (1967-1976) of the German Society for Immunology e.V. As a chemist Otto Westphal was particularly interested in the structure and function of bacterial cell wall components. He is especially noted for his ground-breaking work on the elucidation of the endotoxic function of lipopolysaccharides. He also characterized numerous antigens from gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria using immunochemical methods.
Kindly supported by Dr.-Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen (www.porsche.com).
The application deadline is January 31, 2022.
Please apply with the following documents:
1. Cover letter incl. CV and publication list
2. Summary of the most important findings (1 page max.)
3. Letter of support by the academic supervisor
5. All documents apart from the dissertation must be submitted in English.
6. The applicant must be member of the DGfI at the time of application.
Please send all required documents combined into one single PDF file (max. 10MB) to:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Immunologie e.V.
10117 Berlin, Germany
Prof. Dr. Christine Falk, Hannover
Previous prize winners:
‘Prize of the DGfI for the best dissertation’
Michael Schneider, Göttingen
Annegret Starzinski-Powitz, Mainz
‘Otto-Westphal Thesis Prize’
Stefan Becker, Mainz
Bernhard Liesegang, Köln / Andreas Radbruch, Köln
Anton Rolink, Basel
Marianne Brüggemann, Köln
Robert Strohal, Innsbruck
Ulrich Pessara, Heidelberg
Ulrich E. Schaible, Pforzheim
Kirsten Falk, Tübingen / Harald Kropshofer, Heidelberg / Ralf Kühn, Köln / Olaf Rötzschke, Tübingen
Daniel Graf, London
Mario Assenmacher, Köln
Christina Berndt, Heidelberg
Andreas Hutloff, Berlin
Max Löhning, Berlin
A. K. Nussbaum, La Jolla (USA) / M. Kraus, Boston (USA)
Karsten Fischer, Berlin
Melanie Laschinger, Bad Nauheim
Markus Feuerer, Berlin
Jan C. Dudda, Freiburg/Seattle (USA)
Niklas Feldhahn, Düsseldorf
Tim Worbs, Hannover
Marcus Lettau, Kiel
Michaela Gack, Boston (USA)
Tim Lämmermann, NIH, NIAID, Bethesda (USA)
Swantje Hammerschmidt, Hannover
Lesly Calderón Dominguez, Freiburg
Elina Kiss, Freiburg
Eva Bär, Zürich (Schweiz)
Alexander Ulges, Mainz
Veit Buchholz, München
Anna Brewitz, Bonn
René Pfeifle, Erlangen
Robin Graf, Berlin
Julia Kolter, Freiburg
Tim Wartewig, München