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Mary Osborn is a cell biologist at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany, and an honorary professor on the medical faculty at the University of Göttingen. Her work has been recognized with the Meyenburg prize for cancer research and the 2002 L'Oreal/UNESCO Prize given to women for excellence in science and with an honorary doctorate from the Pomerian Medical Academy in Poland.

Her research interests have focused on proteins of the cytoskeleton as well as on certain proteins of the cell nucleus. Her work has stressed the use of antibodies to determine the arrangements of the different cytoskeletal structures in cells and in tissues. Antibodies made in her laboratory have been licensed to many companies in and outside Europe. She helped develop techniques for sodium-dodecyl-sulphate (SDS) gel electrophoresis and immunofluorescence microscopy, both now commonly used in laboratories worldwide.

Osborn earned a bachelor's degree in physics at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom in 1962. She earned master's and doctoral degrees in biophysics at Penn State in 1963 and 1967, respectively. She is a trustee of the Swedish Foundation on the Environment, MISTRA, and has chaired both the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg and the Cell Biology Section of Academia Europaea. She currently is president of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Prior to joining the scientific staff at the Max Planck Institute in 1975, she was on the staff of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory from 1972 to 1975. She was on the scientific staff of the Medical Research Council in Cambridge, England, from 1969 to 1972 and was a research fellow at Harvard University from 1967 to 1969.
Contact :
Mary Osborn
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Am Fassberg 11,
D-37077 Göttingen, Germany
Tel. +49-551 201 1486, Fax: +49-551 201 1578
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