Since 2012, HITS has been the host for eight fellows of the Humboldt foundation. This year, the institute was glad to welcome two more “Humboldtians”: After a first stay last year, Prof. Kevin Hinkle (University of Dayton, Ohio/USA) has returned to the MBM group for another three months as a postdoctoral fellow to pursue research on bio-polymers under tension, using multi-scale approaches.
Dr. Ariane Nunes-Alves was awarded a Capes-Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral research for two years, beginning on 1 July 2019. She has been working as a postdoc researcher in the MCM group since 2018. Her research focus is on methods to predict the residence time for drugs that are bound to proteins.
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.