In good company

Nikolaus Rajewsky receives an honorary doctorate from La Sapienza University in Rome

Nikolaus Rajewsky has now joined the ranks of those who hold an honorary doctorate from La Sapienza University in Rome. The university is one of Europe’s oldest, founded in 1303 by Pope Bonifaz VIII. In a ceremony held on June 11, Nikolaus was presented an honorary doctorate in the fields of Biology and Medical Genetics, for his contributions to the field of systems biology.

Concert for two pianos: Nikolaus Rajewsky (left) and Anna-Carina Jungkamp (right at the piano). Photo: La Sapienza University

With the award, the director of the MDC’s Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) joins a prestigious circle: other honorary doctorates from La Sapienza have been granted to authors Andrea Camilleri and Miguel Barnet, linguist and translator Evgenij Michajlovič Solonovič, and politician Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Following his acceptance speech Nikolaus, who is also a trained pianist, performed the Suites Opus 5 and Opus 17 for two pianos, with his former colleague Anna-Carina Jungkamp.

A press release from the MDC covering the event can be found here

Featured Image: Prof. Nikolaus Rajewsky (left) is awarded the honory doctorate of La Sapienza University in Rome. Foto: La Sapienza University