+++ Anthony Hyman will not participate in TEDxDresden 2019 for personal reasons. The whole TEDxDresden team feels very sorry for the circumstances and sends their sincere condolences. +++
Anthony Hyman is a British cell biologist and a director of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden.
Anthony is one of the most influential cell biologists of our time. His research focuses on microtubules - small cylindrical polymers found in any living cell - and their role in cell division, mitotic spindle positioning, and cell polarity.
When asked about his passion for cell division, he said: "While in John White's lab, I became fascinated with the cytoskeleton, because it was small machine inside a cell. [...] I remember at the time thinking that I didn't want to work on DNA or other trivial topics. Cell division was full of machines that seemed to me to be a treasure trove of interesting problems." [Full interview here]
Anthony studied zoology at the University of London and received his PhD in 1988 from King's College in Cambridge (UK). In 1999, Anthony became one of the four founding directors of Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, for which he was the Managing Director between 2010 and 2013. He is also an elected Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and a Fellow of the Royal Society.
For his ground-breaking work on cell division, Anthony was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, Germany’s most prestigious research award, in 2011 and the Schleiden-Medal in 2017.