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New Humboldt Fellowship Holders at LMU

Munich, 10/22/2008

Once again, Humboldt fellowship holders have decided in favor of a research visit to LMU. Professor Moon-Hyuck Ho, Professor Jung Hoo Oh, Professor Robert Coe, Professor Bruce Wells, Dr. Dominik Markl, Dr. Jimena Ruiz and Dr. Cordula Grewe have been researching as fellowship holders at LMU for some months now, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Ye Lu is currently visiting Munich with a German Chancellor scholarship. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation allows highly qualified, foreign post doctoral researchers to perform a research project of their own choice in Germany, and to choose the respective German host themselves. That means that the number of Humboldt fellowship holders is an important indicator for international contact and reputation.


About the research fellowship holders:

Professor Moon-Hyuck Ho is the founding dean of Seoul National University Law School, which was established in 2007. He completed his Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) and Master of Law (LL.M.) at Seoul National University, and obtained his doctorate at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. As a Humboldt research fellowship holder, he has spent most of his time at his alma mater in Freiburg. At renewed invitation from the Humboldt Foundation, he spent three months at the Institute of International Law at LMU last summer. The research work of Professor Ho focuses on civil procedure law and comparative procedure law.

Professor Jung-Hoo Oh also completed her LL.B. and LL.M. at Seoul National University, and obtained her doctorate at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Her studies focus on comparative law and international civil procedure law. With a one-year research fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation, Professor Oh has been working at the Institute of International Law at LMU since September 2008. Her research plan includes extensive comparative law study on the importance of counterclaims and right of retention in civil procedure law and in law enforcement.

Professor Robert Coe obtained his doctorate in geophysics at the University of California, Berkley in 1966. Since 1968, he has been researching and teaching at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He comes to LMU at the invitation of the Geophysics Section of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. During his stay in Munich, Professor Coe will be researching the earth’s geomagnetic field. One particular geophysical phenomenon that is still not completely understood is the pole reversal of the earth’s magnetic field, which has taken place frequently and at irregular intervals over the course of the earth’s history – the last time being about 780,000 years ago. Robert Coe will direct his research at better understanding this pole reversal.

Professor Bruce Wells from the Department of Theology at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania researches as a guest of the chair of Old Testament Theology at the Faculty of Protestant Theology (Professor Eckart Otto). Bruce Wells obtained his doctorate in 2003 at the Department of Near Eastern Studies of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. His dissertation is titled “The Law of Testimony in the Pentateuchal Codes.” At LMU, Bruce Wells will be researching the legal systems of Biblical Israel and Mesopotamia.

Dr. Dominik Markl is also a guest of the chair of Old Testament Theology at the Faculty of Protestant Theology. He obtained his doctorate with distinction at the University of Innsbruck. His dissertation was awarded the “Kardinal-Innitzer-Förderungspreis” and the “recognition award from the jury for the Principality of Liechtenstein Award for Outstanding Scientific Research at Leopold-Franzens-Universität, Innsbruck”.

Dr. Jimena Ruiz of Buenos Aires University, Argentina, has been researching into stress regulation in bacteria for a year as a colleague of Professor Kirsten Jung at the microbiology department of the Faculty of Biology. Her work at LMU concentrates mainly on transcriptional regulation of lysP, a gene that encodes a lysine transport protein. LysP has a dual function, acting in the intestinal bacterium Escherichia coli both as a co-sensor for the availability of external lysine as well as a transporter for this amino acid. With her work, Jimena Ruiz intends to improve our understanding of the acid adsorption mechanisms in bacteria. Furthermore, new insights into the regulation of an amino acid transport protein are of extreme importance to biotechnological production of L-lysine. Jimena Ruiz completed her biology studies in Buenos Aires in 1999 and obtained her doctorate in 2005.

The art historian Dr. Cordula Grewe, Associate Professor at Columbia University New York, focusing on 19th Century German painting, comes to the Institute of Art History at LMU as a holder of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellowship. She studied art history, history and mediaeval Latin at the American University, Washington D.C. and at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, where she obtained her doctorate in 1998. She has received several fellowships, including a Fulbright Award (1991–1993) and a postgraduate fellowship from the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation (1994–1997).

Ye Lu from the Institute of Asian Studies of Nanjing University, China, has received a German Chancellor Scholarship. From 1 October 2008 to 31 August 2009, she will be a visiting fellow at the Institute of Sinology, under the supervision of PD Dr. Ralph Kauz and Professor Hans van Ess. The title of her research project is “The German Research of Islam in Chinese Turkestan: The collection of documents by Martin Hartmann”. The scholarship is under the patronage of the German Chancellor.

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