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The microbiologist Stefan H.E. Kaufmann, Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology and Professor for Microbiology and Immunology at the Charité Berlin, was honored by the Gardner Middlebrook Award at the Annual Tuberculosis Dinner in Boston, May 19, 2014. He was recognized for his lifetime contributions in the study, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis.
Stefan Kaufmann studied Biology at the Universität Mainz and completed his Habilitation in Microbiology and Immunology at the Freie Universität Berlin. After being a professor for immunology at the Universität Ulm, he became founding director at the Max Planck Institute for Infektion Biology Berlin in 1993 and honorary professor at the Charité Berlin in 1998. Stefan Kaufmanns research focuses on the immune response against intracellular bacterial pathogens, in particular regarding the mechanisms of host defence against tuberculosis. Since 2000, he is member of the Leopoldina in the section Microbiology and Immunology.
The Gardner Middelbrook Award is sponsored by Becton Dickinson Diagnostic Systems and delivered to microbiologists and immunologists in the area of mycobacterial diseases since 1996.