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06/16/2017 14:53

EMBO welcomes 65 new members

Dr. Tilmann Kiessling EMBO Communications
EMBO - excellence in life sciences

    Heidelberg, 16 June 2017 – EMBO announces today that 65 outstanding life scientists have been elected to its membership, joining a group of more than 1700 of the best researchers in Europe and around the world.

    The total number includes 56 EMBO Members residing in 19 Member States of the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) and nine EMBO Associate Members currently working in the USA and Japan.

    “Election to the EMBO Membership is recognition of research excellence, and I am pleased to welcome so many great scientists to our organisation,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin.

    She continues: “We received more nominations than ever before during this election cycle, which pays tribute to the strength and diversity of the European life sciences. Drawing on our new members’ expertise and insight will be invaluable in helping EMBO to deliver and strengthen its programmes and activities in the years to come.”

    EMBO Members are actively involved in the execution of the organisation’s initiatives by evaluating applications for EMBO funding and by serving on EMBO Council, Committees and Editorial Boards.

    New EMBO Members and Associate Members will be formally welcomed at the EMBO Members’ Meeting in Heidelberg 18-20 October 2017.

    An online directory with all existing and new EMBO Members is available at

    Selected statistics about this year’s intake
    - 40% women
    - Average age of newly elected members: 50.8 years
    - Newly elected members reside in 21 countries

    New EMBO Members 2017

    Ido Amit
    Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, IL
    Alberto Bardelli
    University of Turin, IT
    Ralf Bartenschlager
    University of Heidelberg & DKFZ Heidelberg, DE
    Renata Basto
    Institut Curie, Paris, FR
    Eva Benkova
    Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST), Klosterneuburg, AT
    Frédéric Berger
    Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Vienna, AT
    Frances M. Brodsky
    University College London, UK
    Damian Brunner
    University of Zurich, CH
    Lena Claesson-Welsh
    Uppsala University, SE
    Monica M.G. Di Luca
    University of Milan, IT
    Paula Duque
    Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, PT
    Michael L. Dustin
    University of Oxford, UK
    Eran Elinav
    Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, IL
    Jeremy Farrar
    Wellcome Trust, London, UK
    Martin Fussenegger
    ETH Zurich, Basel, CH
    Fátima Gebauer Hernández
    Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Barcelona, ES
    Niko Geldner
    University of Lausanne, CH
    Daniel W. Gerlich
    Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA), Vienna, AT
    Isabel Gordo
    Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, PT
    Stephan Grill
    Technical University, Dresden, DE
    Anja Groth
    Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), Copenhagen, DK
    Jacob Hanna
    Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, IL
    Clare Isacke
    Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
    Roman Jerala
    National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, SI
    Johanna Joyce
    University of Lausanne, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Lausanne, CH
    Roy Kishony
    Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, IL
    Thomas Klausberger
    Medical University of Vienna, AT
    Saulius Klimašauskas
    Vilnius University, LT
    Claudia Köhler
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, SE
    Magda Konarska
    Centre of New Technologies, Warsaw University, Warsaw, PL
    Marc Lecuit
    Institut Pasteur, Paris, FR
    Ben Lehner
    Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Barcelona, ES
    Sten Linnarsson
    Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, SE
    Núria López-Bigas
    Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, ES
    Susanne Mandrup
    University of Southern Denmark, Odense, DK
    Marta Miaczynska
    International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Warsaw, PL
    Irene Miguel-Aliaga
    MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, Imperial College London, UK
    Stefan Mundlos
    Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, DE
    Mary O'Connell
    CEITEC, Masaryk University, Brno, CZ
    Sarah E. O'Connor
    John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
    Csaba Pál
    Biological Research Centre, Szeged, HU
    Tracy Palmer
    University of Dundee, UK
    Franck Perez
    Institut Curie, Paris, FR
    Ramesh S. Pillai
    University of Geneva, CH
    Panayiota Poirazi
    IMBB - FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, GR
    Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo
    Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Barcelona, ES
    Sjors H.W. Scheres
    MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
    Maya Schuldiner
    Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, IL
    Miguel Soares
    Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, PT
    Charles Swanton
    The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
    Elly M. Tanaka
    Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, AT
    Marc Timmers
    University Medical Center Utrecht, NL, & Medical Center, University of Freiburg, DE
    Aslıhan Tolun
    Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, TR
    Alexander van Oudenaarden
    Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht, NL
    Michael Wagner
    University of Vienna, AT
    Anton Wutz
    ETH Zurich, CH

    New Associate EMBO Members 2017

    Mina J. Bissell
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, US
    Piero Carninci
    RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies, Yokohama, JP
    Gerard Karsenty
    Columbia University, New York, US
    Richard E. Lenski
    Michigan State University, East Lansing, US
    Michael S. Levine
    Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University, US
    Jennifer Lippincott Schwartz
    HHMI Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, US
    Gerald Rubin
    HHMI Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, US
    Arthur Weiss
    University of California, San Francisco, US
    Jonathan Weissman
    HHMI and University of California, San Francisco, US

    About EMBO

    EMBO is an organization of more than 1700 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. The major goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

    EMBO helps young scientists to advance their research, promote their international reputations and ensure their mobility. Courses, workshops, conferences and scientific journals disseminate the latest research and offer training in techniques to maintain high standards of excellence in research practice. EMBO helps to shape science and research policy by seeking input and feedback from our community and by following closely the trends in science in Europe. For more information:

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