CONGRATULATIONS TO PROFESSOR PETER SEEBERGER ON BEING ELECTED A FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE!
Professor Peter Seeberger was elected as a 2021 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS notes “Election as a Fellow honors members whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications in service to society have distinguished them among their peers and colleagues.”
Prof Seeberger is being honored for developing automated carbohydrate synthesis and using synthetic carbohydrates to explore the role of glycans in biological processes and to develop vaccines and diagnostics for bacterial pathogens. “It is a great honor to be elected to the rank of inventors and scientists that included Thomas Edison, for example, and that represents the entire breadth of all disciplines. Especially for a non-American, this is a special award that surprised me a lot”, says Peter Seeberger.
After six years as Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich he assumed positions as Director at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam and Professor at the Free University of Berlin in 2009. In addition, he serves as honorary Professor at the University of Potsdam.
Professor Seeberger’s research on the chemistry and biology of carbohydrates, carbohydrate vaccine development and continuous flow synthesis of drug substances spans a broad range of topics from engineering to immunology and has been documented in over 550 peer-reviewed journal articles, four books, more than 50 patents, over 200 published abstracts and more than 850 invited lectures. This work was recognized with more than 35 international awards from the US (e.g. Arthur C. Cope Young Scholar Award, Horace B. Isbell Award, Claude S. Hudson Award from the American Chemical Society), Germany (e.g. 2017 Stifterverband Science Prize, Körber Prize for European Sciences), Holland (Havinga Medal), Israel (Honorary Lifetime Member Israel Chemical Society), Japan (Yoshimasa Hirata Gold Medal), Switzerland (“The 100 Most Important Swiss”) and international organizations (Whistler Award 2012, Int. Carboh. Soc.). In 2013 he was elected to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.