The Pilkington Prizes were inaugurated and endowed by Sir Alistair Pilkington, to acknowledge excellence in teaching; they are funded from the Cambridge Foundation Fund for Teaching Prizes.
The Head of Department, Professor Michael Akam, writes "Torsten has for many years introduced our students to the molecular biology of the cell nucleus. His lectures, setting the tone for the NST 1B Cell and Developmental Biology course at the beginning of the second year, receive an outstandingly positive response from the students. To accompany these lectures he presents practical classes that provide the students with an introduction to sophisticated molecular techniques. These are equally popular."