Young Scientist Award

Armin Bahl and Matthew Maissak acknowledged for outstanding publications

December 09, 2013
From left to right: Jürgen Haag, Alexander Borst, Armin Bahl, Matthew Maissak, Tobias Bonhoeffer

Publishing one’s research results is a fundamental part of science since the 17th century. Since then, only results published in a scientific journal are worldwide recognized as sound results. During the publication process, results are reviewed by a number of other scientists. This keeps the standards high and acts as a quality control. Furthermore, the publication of results is at the core of the scientific spirit: publication makes results accessible to scientists all over the world, so that they can integrate the new knowledge into their own studies.

The Young Scientist Award of the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Neurobiology pays tribute to this significance of scientific publications. Every year, the Institute honors two outstanding publications of gifted young scientists. Eligible are published results of the past year whose first authors have recently gained their PhD or work on their PhD thesis at the MPI of Neurobiology. Elected papers are of unusual high quality and significantly contribute to current scientific knowledge.

On December 9, 2013, Armin Bahl and Matthew Maissak were honored with the Young Scientist Award. The prize comes with prize money of 1.000 Euro and was bestowed during a small internal ceremony. During this event, the two awardees gave a summary of their outstanding papers, which were published in the scientific journals Nature Neuroscience (April 2013) and in Nature (August 2013).

The recognized publications

Flies use different nerve cell circuits to process motion and position information more

Armin Bahl studied biophysics at the Humboldt University in Berlin and went for his diploma thesis to the University College London in 2004. Armin Bahl joined the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in 2009. Here he worked on his doctoral thesis on "Motion and positional vision in the fly Drosophila" in the department Circuits - Information - Models headed by Alexander Borst.

Neurobiologists discover elementary motion detectors in the fruit fly more

Matthew Maissak studied molecular biology at Saint Louis University in Missouri (USA). In 2010 he joined the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried. Here he is working on his doctoral thesis in the department Circuits - Information - Models under the direction of Alexander Borst.

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