Patrick Cramer is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany. His laboratory studies the mechanisms of gene transcription and its regulation in eukaryotic cells. They combine
structural biology with functional genomics and computational modeling. The Cramer laboratory has analyzed the
structure and function of RNA polymerase complexes with many different factors and arrived at models for transcription initiation and elongation. Cramer’s long-term aim is to understand the expression and regulation of the genome on a molecular level. For his research work, Cramer has been awarded several prizes, such as the Feldberg Foundation Prize (2011), the Ernst-Jung Award for Medicine (2009) and the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Award (2006). In 2012 he received the Federal Cross of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany. Cramer is an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina).
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