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22 young researchers join the EMBO 2011 Young Investigator Programme


Heidelberg, Germany, 7 November 2011 – EMBO today acknowledges the work of 22 young European scientists selected for excellence in research to join the Young Investigator Programme.


These scientists join a growing network of more than 300 young group leaders.


"The EMBO Young Investigators have the potential to be tomorrow's life science leaders," says Gerlind Wallon, EMBO Deputy Director and manager of the Young Investigator Programme. "They are already active contributors to science in Europe and by supporting them, EMBO wants to highlight both their work and their potential."


With 164 applications in 2011, the EMBO Young Investigator Programme is highly sought after, for its prestige and for its comprehensive array of benefits, which include networking, training, mentorship by EMBO Members and funding. The programme targets young scientists within four years of establishing their first laboratories and aims to support their promising careers.


EMBO Young Investigators receive 15,000 euros per year for three years directly from the member state where their laboratories are located. The distinction of being an EMBO Young Investigator often assists them in attracting additional sources of funding for their research. They also receive funding for conference attendance for themselves and their group members, practical training in laboratory management and access to core facilities at EMBL.


EMBO Members act as mentors to the Young Investigators, helping them to develop their careers. The young scientists join a dynamic network of current and former young investigators and installation grantees that encourages collaboration. They also attend the annual EMBO Young Investigator Meeting.


The percentage of female scientists in this year's intake is 36% and Gerlind Wallon, who also runs EMBO Women in Science, says that EMBO welcomes the increasing number of women in senior science roles. "At EMBO, we are committed to monitoring gender balance in all our activities, developing initiatives to counteract imbalances and to raising awareness of the challenges women face as their scientific careers advance."


The next application deadline is 1 April 2012. More information can be found at www.embo.org/programmes/yip/programme.html.



EMBO Young Investigator Research Interest Institute Location

Ivan Ahel

DNA damage response

Paterson Institute for Cancer Research

Manchester, UK
Richard Benton Olfactory evolution University of Lausanne Lausanne, CH
Rut Carballido-Lopez Bacterial cytoskeleton and morphogenesis French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) Jouy-en-Josas, FR
Johan Elf Intracellular biophysics Uppsala University Uppsala, SE
Niko Geldner Endodermal polarity and differentiation University of Lausanne Lausanne, CH
Anja Groth Regulation of chromatin and histone dynamics Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) Copenhagen, DK
Sophie Jarriault Cell plasticity Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMC) Illkirch, FR
Sebastian Jessberger Adult neurogenesis ETH Zurich Zurich, CH
Esben Lorentzen Structural basis for intraflagellar transport Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry Martinsried, DE
Tom Lüdde Inflammatory signalling in liver disease University Hospital Aachen Aachen, DE
Irene Miguel-Aliaga Crosstalk between brain and gut Imperial College London London, UK
Ellen Nollen Aging-related protein aggregation and toxicity University of Groningen Groningen, NL
Mark Petronczki Cell division & aneuploidy Cancer Research UK London Research Institute London, UK
Benjamin Prud'homme Development and evolution of morphology and behaviour Developmental Biology Institute of Marseilles-Luminy (IBDML) Marseilles, FR
Markus Ralser Systems biology of metabolic regulation University of Cambridge Cambridge, UK
Akhilesh Reddy Circadian rhythms University of Cambridge Cambridge, UK
Frank Schnorrer Muscle formation and function Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry Martinsried, DE
Maya Schuldiner Endoplasmic reticulum function Weizmann Insitute Rehovot, IL
Barry Thompson Tissue growth and form in Drosophila Cancer Research UK London Research Institute London, UK
Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla Epigenetic dynamics of cell potency Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMC) Illkirch, FR
Marc Veldhoen Epithelial immunity and metabolism Babraham Institute Cambridge, UK
Helen Walden Specificity and regulation of E3 ubiquitin ligases Cancer Research UK London Research Institute London, UK


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