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EMBO welcomes twenty-six new Young Investigators


Heidelberg, 20 November 2018 – EMBO has selected 26 life science researchers within their first four years as group leaders to become EMBO Young Investigators. They join an active network of 102 current and 314 past Young Investigators and will receive support from EMBO during the foundation of their first independent laboratory.


“The accepted candidates have all shown outstanding promise in their early careers and impressed our selection committee with both the quality of their current work and their proposals for future research,” says EMBO Director, Maria Leptin. “We look forward to supporting them in establishing their own research groups.”


The EMBO Young Investigator Programme identifies recent group leaders with a proven record of scientific excellence and offers them access to a range of benefits during their four-year tenure. These include an award of 15,000 euros, with the potential for additional funding, mentorship by a senior scientist from the community of EMBO Members, access to training in leadership skills and responsible research practices, as well as networking opportunities.


Additional benefits provided by the Programme include the use of core facilities at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, and travel grants for the Young Investigators and their research groups to attend conferences.


The 2018 group of Young Investigators comprises scientists based in 11 countries, including two European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC) Associate Member States: India and Singapore.


The next application deadline is 1 April 2019. More information is available at http://www.embo.org/funding-awards/young-investigators


Selected statistics about the EMBO Young Investigators 2018


  • The Programme received 195 eligible applications
  • 13% of applications were successful; a proportion that is consistent with previous years.
  • 42% of the new Young Investigators are women.


EMBO Young Investigator

Research interest



Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan Quantitative biology of the cytoskeleton and associated proteins Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, IN
Thomas Baden Evolution of feature computation in the vertebrate retina University of Sussex Brighton, GB
Emmanuelle Bayer The function of membrane tethering in plant intercellular communication Laboratory of Membrane Biogenesis UMR5200 - CNRS - University of Bordeaux Villenave d'Ornon, FR
David Bikard Studying and fighting pathogenic bacteria with the help of CRISPR Institute Pasteur Paris, FR
Mathieu Brochet Signalling in malaria parasites Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva Geneva, CH
Ross Chapman Mechanism and control of DNA repair in immunity and oncogenesis University of Oxford Oxford, GB
Polly Leilei CHEN Understanding RNA editing in human cancer: causes and functional consequences, National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore, SG
Alan Cheung Molecular mechanisms of chromatin coactivator complexes University College London London, GB
Sebastian Deindl Mechanisms and regulation of protein machines at the single-molecule and atomic level Uppsala University Uppsala, SE
Xiaoqi Feng Epigenetic reprogramming in plant germlines John Innes Centre Norwich, GB
Meritxell Huch Understanding liver regeneration and its implication in liver cancer The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge Cambridge, GB
Nicole Joller Immune regulation through infection history University of Zurich Zurich, CH
Taco Kooij Malaria parasite biology and intervention strategies during host switching Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen, NL
Yanlan Mao Mechanical regulation of tissue growth and regeneration University College London London, GB
Ivan Matic Proteomics and ADP-ribosylation signaling Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing Cologne, DE
Hind Medyouf Role of the bone marrow microenvironment in hematopoietic malignancies Georg-Speyer-Haus, Institute for Tumour Biology and Experimental Therapy Frankfurt, DE
Andrea Pauli The germline-to-embryo transition – from fertilization to embryogenesis Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) Vienna, AT
Martin Pilhofer Multiscale models of macromolecular machines mediating cell-cell interactions Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ) Zurich, CH
Anthony Roberts Building the cilium with ATP-driven molecular motors Birkbeck, University of London London, GB
Nathalie Rochefort Neuronal processing of visual information in the mouse visual cortex University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, GB
Peter Sarkies Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance and evolution MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, Imperial College London London, GB
Ziv Shulman Cellular dynamics of the antibody immune response Weizmann Institute of Science Rehovot, IL
Manuel Valiente Metastatic colonization of the brain Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO) Madrid, ES
Sven van Teeffelen Physical cell biology of bacteria – cell shape, cell size and growth Institut Pasteur Paris, FR
Julie Welburn Cooperation of microtubule motors, cargos and their tracks Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, GB
Hyun Youk Distinguishing long-term dormancy from death: Principles of restarting life Delft University of Technology Delft, NL


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