German medal

American biochemist Christopher T. Walsh of Harvard University is to be the 2013 recipient of the 5 000 Euro (about $6500) Inhoffen Medal. The award recognizes his work on the response of bacteria to chemical stresses, such as mercury antibiotics and so-called suicide inhibitors. His work has implications for circumventing bacterial drug resistance and developing novel biotransformation tools for organic synthesis that exploit bacterial enzymes. The prize, which is funded by the Friends of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), is awarded on the occasion of the public Inhoffen Lecture, an event co-hosted by the HZI and the Technische Universität (TU) Braunschweig.