The Annual Chica and Heinz Schaller Research Award

The Chica and Heinz Schaller Research Award is an annual prize given to a promising young scientist for achievements in the biomedical sciences. The applicant should have a proven track record documenting independent research performed at the University or associated research institutions in Heidelberg. 


We are proud to announce the CHS research awards winner 2020:

Dr. Ana Oliveira

Dr. Stefan Pfeffer

Owing to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the award ceremony was held online on 04. December from 17.00 - 19.00.


Read Heidelberg University's press release here



About Ana Oliveira :

Ana Oliveira studied Biochemistry at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and received her PhD in Cell Biology in 2008 from the University of Coimbra in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Her postdoctoral research at the Neurobiology Institute at the University of Heidelberg focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying memory formation and maintenance.

Since 2014, Ana led an Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Group investigating the coupling between environmental stimuli and neuronal modifications that underlie memory formation and storage as well as age-dependent cognitive decline and associated epigenetic processes. Her work provides new fundamental insights into transcriptional regulatory mechanisms within neuronal ensembles and their support in maintaining distinct memories.


About Stefan Pfeffer:

Stefan Pfeffer studied Biochemistry at University of Tübingen. He pursued doctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried and obtained his PhD in 2015 from the Technical University of Munich.After a postdoctoral phase in Martinsried, Stefan joined the Centre for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH) as a junior research group leader in 2018. Throughout his scientific career, Stefan was interested in applying cutting-edge cryo-electron microscopy techniques to understanding the structural basis of molecular processes that are linked to ribosomes and required for cellular protein biosynthesis. His scientific work aims to understand how molecular chaperones and enzymes can promote correct folding and maturation of proteins during their synthesis, and how these processes can be coordinated on the surface of the ribosome. His research yields structural and mechanistic data that can contribute to a better understanding of pathological cellular conditions, such as the de-regulation of protein synthesis observed in cancer or protein aggregation found in neurodegenerative diseases.