Manajit Hayer-Hartl received her PhD from the University of Stirling, Scotland, in 1984, having worked on the biophysical properties of biological membranes by NMR. After post-doctoral training at Oxford, Strasbourg and Munich she began research on the role of molecular chaperones in protein folding as a Research Associate at Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York in 1991.
Since 1997 she has been a Group Leader and Principal Investigator at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich.
Dr. Hayer-Hartl was elected to EMBO in 2016 and to the German Academy of Science in 2019. She has received several awards for her work, including the Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award of the Protein Society in 2017, the Charles F. Kettering Award of the American Society of Plant Biologists in 2018 and the 2020 Merck Award of the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB).