Claudia Höbartner is a professor of chemistry at the University of Würzburg. She studied chemistry in Vienna, Zürich and Innsbruck, where she obtained her PhD before doing postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). She was a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for biophysical Chemistry and professor for biomolecular label chemistry at the University Göttingen. Since 2017 she holds the chair of Organic Chemistry I at the University of Würzburg. She is an expert in nucleic acid chemistry, with a focus on modified nucleotides and functional nucleic acids. She discovered new ribozymes and deoxyribozymes and determined their structures and functional mechanisms. In recognition of her research, she has been recipient of the Leibniz Prize in 2023.
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