Otto-Hahn-Medal for Katharina Kitzinger

© Max-Planck-Institut für Marine Mikrobiologie / A. Esken

On June 22nd 2021, Dr. Kath­ar­ina Kitzinger receives an Otto-Hahn Medal, with which the Max Planck So­ci­ety hon­ours its best doc­toral stu­dents. Kathi was supervised during her dissertation by Michael Wagner together with Hannah Marchant and Marcel Kuypers from the Max Planck In­sti­tute for Mar­ine Mi­cro­bi­o­logy in Bremen, Germany. She investigated in her work key ni­tro­gen cyc­ling mi­croor­gan­isms: the am­mo­nia and ni­trite ox­id­izers and provided novel in­sight into their eco­logy, activ­ity and physiology. Kitzinger's ap­proach was was strongly in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary, ran­ging from sea-go­ing re­search to cut­ting-edge single cell tech­niques.“I am very ex­cited about be­ing awar­ded an Otto Hahn medal – a really nice sur­prise that gives you a lot of tail­wind for fu­ture re­search!", says Kathi. Congratulations Kathi!