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Twenty-three researchers join network of EMBO Young Investigators 


Heidelberg, 6 November 2013 – EMBO announced today the selection of 23 young researchers as EMBO Young Investigators. The scientists join a network of 315 current and past Young Investigators.


The Young Investigator Programme is for researchers under forty years of age who have established their first laboratories in the past four years. The successful candidates work in ten European countries, Israel and Singapore. The success rate for selection to this highly competitive programme was twelve per cent this year.  


"The newly elected 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. “The status of Young Investigator offers a level of recognition that brings immediate benefits to scientists at an early stage of their careers.”


Financial support includes 15,000 euros per year for three years directly from the member state where the laboratories of the scientists are located. The researchers receive a range of benefits to help start their first independent research laboratories. Laboratory 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. The scientists also receive access to core facilities at EMBL and funding for themselves and their group members to attend conferences.


The next application deadline is 1 April 2014. More information can be found at http://www.embo.org/funding-awards/young-investigators

EMBO Young Investigator Research Interest Institute Location
Ido Amit The mammalian gene regulatory network Weizmann Institute Rehovot, IL
Pedro Carvalho Homeostasis of the endoplasmic reticulum Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) Barcelona, ES
Chunaram Choudhary Post-translational modifications University of Copenhagen Copenhagen, DK
 Victoria Cowling Regulation of methyl cap synthesis MRC Protein Phosphorylation & Ubiquitylation Unit, Dundee Dundee, UK
David Drew Structure and mechanism of membrane proteins Stockholm University Stockholm, SE
Florent Ginhoux Dendritic cells Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), A*Star Singapore, SG
Petra Hajkova Epigenetic reprogramming in vivo MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College London London, UK
Kim Jensen Regulatory mechanisms of stem cell behaviour University of Copenhagen Copenhagen, DK
Kerstin Kaufmann Molecular control of organ specification in plants University of Potsdam Potsdam, DE
Melike Lakadamyali Imaging life's processes The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) Castelldefels, ES
Darren Logan Olfaction and behaviour Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Cambridge, UK
Andrew Lovering The bacterial predator Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus University of Birmingham Birmigham, UK
 Brian Luke Telomere function and cellular senescence University of Heidelberg Heidelberg, DE
Niels Mailand Regulation of the DNA damage response  University of Copenhagen Copenhagen, DK
Tomas Marques-Bonet Primate genomic variation Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona, ES
Sascha Martens Molecular mechanisms of autophagy Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna Vienna, AT
Olivier Mathieu Silencing, environment and transposons Clermont University Aubière, FR
Anna Sablina Mechanisms of cell transformation VIB & KU Leuven Leuven, BE
Simon Sprecher Development and function of sensory systems University of Fribourg Fribourg, CH
Manuel Théry Cell architecture and polarity Institute of Life Sciences Research and Technologies,
Grenoble & University Institute of Haemotology
Paris, FR
Pavel Tolar Activation of immune receptors MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) London, UK
Jan-Willem Veening  Cell division in the pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae University of Groningen Groningen, NL
Julien Vermot Blood flow sensing and cardiovascular morphogenesis Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology Illkirch, FR


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