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EMBO Council is the governing body of EMBO, responsible for ensuring the development of the organization. It consists of 15 members who serve for a period of three years and who may be reelected for one additional term of office.


EMBO Council Members 2019

Elected terms of office
Name Country
2016-2018, 2019-2021 Karen B. Avraham IL-Tel Aviv
2017-2019, 2020-2022 Adrian Bird UK-Edinburgh
2020-2022 Maria Rescigno IT-Milan
2018-2020 Matthew Freeman UK-Oxford
2019-2021 Eileen Furlong DE-Heidelberg
2017-2019, 2020-2022 Michael N. Hall CH-Basel
2015-2017, 2018-2020 Carl-Henrik Heldin (Chair) SE-Uppsala
2020-2022 Crisanto Gutierrez ES-Madrid
2015-2017, 2018-2020 Jürgen Knoblich AT-Vienna
2018-2020 Michel Labouesse FR-Paris
2019-2021 Jiri Lukas DK-Copenhagen
2016-2018, 2019-2021 László Nagy HU-Debrecen
2016-2018, 2019-2021 Titia Sixma NL-Amsterdam
2017-2019, 2020-2022 Claudio E. Sunkel PT-Porto
2015-2017, 2018-2020 Karen Vousden UK-London


Ex officio Council Member

Maria Leptin Director, EMBO



Paul Nurse Secretary General, EMBO
Leszek Kaczmarek President, EMBC
Anne Paoletti Secretary General, EMBC
Edith Heard Director General, EMBL
Peter Scheiffele Chair, EMBO Membership Committee
Christoph Dehio Chair, EMBO Young Investigator Committee
Zoi Lygerou Chair, EMBO Course Committee
Luca Scorrano Chair, EMBO Fellowship Committee

Carl-Henrik Heldin

Carl-Henrik Heldin
Chair of the EMBO Council
EMBO Member since 1989


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