Co-recipient of the 2018 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience
Director, Department of Regulation in Infection Biology, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology

Emmanuelle Charpentier, PhD studied biochemistry, microbiology and genetics at the University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France and obtained her Ph.D. in Microbiology for her research performed at the Pasteur Institute, Paris, France. She then continued her work in the United States, at The Rockefeller University, New York University Langone Medical Center and the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine (all in New York, NY) and at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Emmanuelle returned to Europe to establish her own research group as Assistant and Associate Professor at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories of the University of Vienna in Austria where she habilitated in the field of Microbiology. She was then appointed Associate Professor at the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS, part of Nordic European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Partnership for Molecular Medicine) at Umeå University in Sweden where she habilitated in the field of Medical Microbiology and was active as a Visiting Professor until 2017.

Between 2013 and 2015, Emmanuelle was Head of the Department of Regulation in Infection Biology at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, and Professor at the Medical School of Hannover in Germany. In 2013, she was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, which she held in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, Emmanuelle was appointed Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director of the Department of Regulation in Infection Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, Germany. Since 2016, Emmanuelle is Honorary Professor at Humboldt University.


  • Precision Medicine World Conference Luminary Award
  • German Orden Pour Le Mérite for Sciences and Arts
  • Inventor of the Year Award (Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation)
  • Preis Biochemische Analytik (German Society for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine)
  • The Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research
  • Albert Einstein Foundation Leading 100 Visionaries
  • BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award
  • International Ellis Island Medal of Honor
  • The Japan Prize
  • The German Innovation Award (“Deutscher Innovationspreis” Future Thinker)
  • Novo Nordisk Novozymes Prize
  • The Meyenburg Prize
  • The John Scott Award
  • Wilhelm Exner Medal
  • Canada Gairdner International Award
  • Warren Alpert Foundation Prize
  • Tang Prize for Biopharmaceutical Science
  • HFSP (Human Frontiers Science Program) Nakasone Award
  • Knight (Chevalier) French National Order of the Legion of Honour
  • Research!Sweden Research Award
  • Otto Warburg Medal
  • L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award
  • Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize
  • Leibniz Prize
  • ABRF Annual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Biomolecular Technologies
  • Vallee Visiting Professorship
  • World Technology Award for Biotechnology
  • Science Award of Lower Saxony
  • Massry Prize
  • Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research
  • Umeå University EC Jubilee Award
  • Gruber Prize in Genetics
  • Carus-Medal of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • Hansen Family Award (Bayer Foundations)
  • Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine
  • Louis Jeantet Prize for Medicine
  • Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
  • Grand Prix Jean-Pierre LeCocq (French Academy of Sciences)
  • Jacob and Louise Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine
  • Biotech Meeting Hall of Fame Award Winner for Scientific Achievements
  • Dr Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research
  • European Life Science Awards (2nd Investigator of the Year)
  • Göran Gustafsson Prize (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Professorship
  • Eric K. Fernström Prize
  • Umeå Biotech Incubator Business Idea Award
  • Prize of the City of Vienna: Theodor Körner Prize for Science and Culture