As of January 2022, Camilo Aponte-Santamaría has been appointed acting group leader of the Molecular Biomechanics group (MBM). In this newly created role he will support MBM group leader Frauke Gräter during her tenure as HITS Scientific Director.
The acting group leader will take over a range of group leader duties, such as representing the group at group leaders’ meetings (including the right to vote on behalf of the group), and, in accordance with the Scientific Director, will also lead the group in scientific matters.
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.