Roland Zengerle Receives Certificate from National Academy of Sciences

As a new member of Leopoldina, the National Academy of Sciences, Prof. Dr. Roland Zengerle has now received his certificate of membership on March 20 in Halle (Saale).



Roland Zengerle and Jörg Hacker. Copyright: Leopoldina/M. Scholz

Prof. Dr. Roland Zengerle was elected a member of Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences , already in 2011. But it was not until this year’s Class 1 symposium (members of Leopoldina belong to one of four classes, according to their particular field)  in Halle on March 20 that all eighteen well-known scientists received their new membership certificates from the president of the Leopoldina, Professor Jörg Hacker. The new members now officially belong to Class 1, which includes mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

Zengerle is a professor and the director of the Laboratory for MEMS Applications at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg’s Faculty of Engineering. His professorship was founded as an endowed chair in 1999 on the initiative of regional industry.
Membership in Leopoldina is one of the highest honors and greatest forms of recognition that natural scientists can receive for their scientific work in Germany. “This was quite a surprise. I am honored, but I’m also aware of the great responsibility to society that comes with this membership,” Zengerle said. Since its foundation in 1652, the academy’s motto has been “Die Natur zu erforschen zum Wohl des Menschen” (exploring nature for the benefit of humanity).

Professor Zengerle is well-known both nationally and internationally for his research and work in the field of microfluidics . He and his team work to develop new instruments for the life sciences that will allow faster diagnostics and more efficient therapies, such as being able to conduct an entire biochemical analysis on a chip the size of a credit card (a so-called “lab-on-a-chip”) . This tool makes it possible to analyze a patient’s complex cluster of symptoms quickly and reliably on-site, using only one drop of blood.

Zengerle is one of three directors of the Institut für Mikrotechnik und Informationstechnik der Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft e.V. (HSG-IMIT) in Villingen-Schwenningen and is the vice-scientific director of the Centre for Biological Signalling Studies (BIOSS) at the University of Freiburg. Until September 2012, he was also the director of the University of Freiburg’s Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK).


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