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Katja Becker

DFG German Research Foundation

Katja Becker studied medicine at Heidelberg University, where she obtained her doctoral degree and habilitation. After a position at the Centre for Infectious Diseases, Würzburg University, she accepted a chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Giessen University. Education and research led her to Africa, Australia, Switzerland, UK, and California. Her research interests focus on cellular redox metabolism as drug target in malaria parasites and cancer cells. She is the coordinator of the DFG Priority Program 1710 dedicated to thiol-based regulation of enzymes and spokesperson of the LOEWE Center DRUID aiming to develop novel drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics against neglected tropical diseases. Katja Becker is active in multiple scientific advisory boards and served as vice president at Giessen University. Since 2014, she is Vice-President of the DFG. Her work was honored with the Ludolf Krehl Prize, the Carus Medal, the Rudolf Leuckart Medal and the membership in the Leopoldina.

Falling Walls Circle has welcomed and inspired a high-profile and multidisciplinary audience from science-focused institutions including AAAS, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, European Research Council, Helmholtz Association, and UNESCO; renowned universities including MIT, NTU Singapore, Oxford and Stanford; global companies including BASF, Robert Bosch, Dow Europe, and X; senior government officials from Germany, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the USA; non-governmental organisations such as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Nobel Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the XPRIZE Foundation; as well as industry pioneers from D-Wave, Element AI and Google DeepMind.

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