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Twenty-one group leaders join network of EMBO Young Investigators


Heidelberg, Germany, 23 November 2010 – Today, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) announced the selection of 21 of Europe's most talented young researchers as 2010 beneficiaries of the EMBO Young Investigator Programme.

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Now in its eleventh year, the programme annually identifies some of the most promising European young researchers at a critical stage of their scientific careers. Young group leaders receive a range of benefits designed to smooth the transition during the start up of their first independent research laboratories. EMBO Members – themselves recognised for their excellence in research – select the group leaders to join the programme each year.


The title, EMBO Young Investigator, is highly sought by young researchers due to the programme's reputation for excellence. The programme received 137 applications this year and successful recipients have established research groups in Belgium, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.


"EMBO Young Investigators gain financial, academic and practical support," explains Gerlind Wallon, EMBO Deputy Director and manager of the Young Investigator Programme. "The programme helps to endorse and promote these young scientists as active and recognised contributors to European research."


Over the course of three years, EMBO Young Investigators will enjoy benefits not always readily available to young group leaders. Lab management and non-scientific skills training as well as PhD courses offer the young group leaders and their students the chance to develop professional skills. Networking events introduce them to recognised leaders in science like EMBO Members and other experts in their fields.


The 21 young group leaders honoured this year participate in the EMBO Young Investigator network – a group of almost 250 scientists. "The increasing number of participants each year makes the benefits of networking more tangible and concrete," adds Gerlind Wallon.


The network also organizes specialised meetings in diverse fields of molecular biology. Meetings – such as those for young investigators working on cell polarity or neurobiology – provide a platform to start new collaborations or exchange PhD students between labs.


EMBO Young Investigators receive 15,000 euros per year directly from the member state where their laboratories are located. Additional support is provided by EMBO for networking activities and small research projects in their laboratories. The distinction as an EMBO Young Investigator often assists young group leaders to attract additional sources of funding for their research.


The next application deadline is 1 April 2011. More information can be found at www.embo.org//funding-awards/young-investigators.


EMBO Young Investigator Research Interest
Eugene Berezikov Small RNAs & regeneration Hubrecht Institute Utrecht, NL
Marc Bühler Non-coding RNAs & chromatin Friedrich Miescher Institute Basel, CH
Jason Carroll Estrogen receptor activity Cancer Research UK Cambridge, UK
Davide Corona Chromatin remodelling & epigenetics University of Palermo & Dulbecco Telethon Institute Palermo, IT
Oliver Daumke G-proteins in membrane remodelling Max-Delbrück Center Berlin, DE
André Fischer Epigenetic mechanisms of cognitive diseases European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen, DE
Stephan Grill Cellular biophysics MPI-PKS & MPI-CBG Dresden, DE
Robert Klose Epigenetics & chromatin biology University of Oxford Oxford, UK
David Komander Specificity in the ubiquitin system MRC-LMB Cambridge,UK
Fyodor Kondrashov Evolutionary genomics Center for Genomic Regulation & ICREA Barcelona, ES
Ben Lehner Genetic systems Centre for Genomic Regulation Barcelona, ES
Taija Makinen Lymphatic development Cancer Research UK London, UK
Beatriz Rico Neural circuits development Alicante Neuroscience Institute Alicante, ES
Silvio Rizzoli STED microscopy of synaptic function European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen, DE
Matthias Selbach Cell signalling & mass spectrometry Max-Delbrück Center Berlin, DE
Bruno Silva-Santos Molecular immunology Institute of Molecular Medicine Lisbon, PT
Amos Tanay Epigenetics & genome regulation Weizmann Institute of Science Rehovot, IL
Madalena Tarsounas Telomeres & genome stability University of Oxford Oxford, UK
Aurelio Teleman Signal transduction in cancer & metabolism German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg, DE
Kevin Verstrepen Genomics & systems biology Catholic University of Leuven & VIB Leuven, BE
Daniel Wilson Regulation of the ribosome University of Munich Munich, DE


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