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EMBO welcomes 28 new Young Investigators


Heidelberg, 25 October 2017 – EMBO announces today the selection of 28 young researchers as EMBO Young Investigators. They join a network of 47 current and 417 past Young Investigators who represent some of the best up-and-coming group leaders in the life sciences in Europe and beyond.


“It is a pleasure to welcome these outstanding scientists to the EMBO community,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin. “Between them, they carry out some of the most promising life science research that Europe has to offer, and we look forward to supporting them in their professional and scientific undertakings.”


The new Young Investigators are based in 11 different countries, including two European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) Associate Member States, India and Singapore.


Selection to the EMBO Young Investigator Programme is recognition of exceptional research and scientific potential. Through the programme, EMBO identifies and supports some of the best researchers under 40 years of age who are in the process of establishing their own laboratory.


During their three-year tenure, EMBO Young Investigators receive a range of benefits, including an award of 15,000 euros and possible additional funds to support the establishment of their first independent 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 the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, and funding for themselves and their group members to attend conferences.


The next application deadline is 1 April 2018. More information is available at http://www.embo.org/funding-awards/young-investigators


Selected statistics about the EMBO Young Investigators 2017


  • the programme received 224 eligible applications
  • with 12.5%, the application success rate was comparable to previous years
  • 39% of new Young Investigators are women
  • newly elected Young Investigators reside in 11 countries



EMBO Young Investigator

Research interest



Filipe Cabreiro

Bacteria: macromolecular machines for nutrition and drugs

University College London; Birkbeck University

London, GB

Jeffrey Chao

Imaging mRNAs in single cells

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

Basel, CH

Luisa Cochella

Transcriptional and post-transcriptional origins of cellular diversity

Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna BioCenter

Vienna, AT

Katie Doores

Glycosylation in infectious diseases

King's College London

London, GB

Luca Giorgetti

Mechanisms of long-range transcriptional regulation

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

Basel, CH

Axel Innis

Ribosome inhibition by nascent or antimicrobial peptides

French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)

Bordeaux, FR

Nicola Iovino

Epigenetic regulation of fertilization

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics

Freiburg, DE

Manuel Irimia

Transcriptomics of vertebrate development and evolution

Centre for Genomic Regulation

Barcelona, ES

Sonja Lorenz

Structural mechanisms of ubiquitin signaling

University of Wuerzburg

Wuerzburg, DE

Dahai Luo

Mechanisms of viral infection and host defense

Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University

Singapore, SG

Joao Matos

Mechanisms of genome stability and haploidisation

ETH Zurich

Zurich, CH

Daniel Messerschmidt

Epigenetic reprogramming and its implications in development and disease

Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology

Singapore, SG

Patrick Müller

Quantitative analysis, control, and engineering of embryonic signalling systems

Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society

Tübingen, DE

Elizabeth Murchison

Genetics and evolution of transmissible cancers in dogs and Tasmanian devils

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, GB

Vladimir Pena

Structural basis of splicing regulation and DNA-based catalysis

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

Goettingen, DE

Hendrik Poeck

Cytosolic nucleic acid sensors in tissue homeostasis and cancer immunotherapy

Klinikum Rechts der Isar, Technical University of Munich

Munich, DE

Sophie Polo

Epigenome maintenance in response to DNA damage

CNRS; Paris Diderot University

Paris, FR

Magdalini Polymenidou

Molecular pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases

University of Zurich

Zurich, CH

Alvaro Rada-Iglesias

Transcriptional regulation in development and congenital disease

Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne, University of Cologne

Cologne, DE

Guadalupe Sabio

p38MAPK signalling pathway

Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC)

Madrid, ES

Schraga Schwartz

Cracking the epitranscriptome

Weizmann Institute of Science

Rehovot, IL

Elena Seiradake

Adhesion G protein-coupled receptor complexes

University of Oxford

Oxford, GB

Arun Shukla

Structure, function and allosteric modulation of G protein-coupled receptors

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Kanpur, IN

Noam Stern-Ginossar

Molecular networks of viral-host interaction

Weizmann Institute of Science

Rehovot, IL

Joanna Sulkowska

SPOUT methyltransferase enzymes

University of Warsaw

Warsaw, PL

Dario Riccardo Valenzano

Evolutionary and experimental biology of ageing

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing

Cologne, DE

Louis Vermeulen

Colon cancer heterogeneity

Academic Medical Center

Amsterdam, NL

Yue Wan

RNA structure and genomics

Genome Institute of Singapore

Singapore, SG