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Ten group leaders across Europe supported by EMBO Installation Grants 


Heidelberg, 18 December 2018 – EMBO announces today the award of ten Installation Grants to early-career researchers establishing their independent laboratories in the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal and Turkey. 


EMBO Director Maria Leptin says: “We’re pleased to welcome these ten talented life scientists to the EMBO community. They have all shown that they are able to carry out research of the highest quality, and we look forward to supporting them in taking the next step in their careers and setting up their own research groups.” 


Each Installation Grantee will receive 50,000 euros annually for between three and five years. In addition to financial support, the recipients receive networking opportunities and practical support by becoming part of the EMBO Young Investigator network. The grants are funded primarily by the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Portugal and Turkey, the participating Member States of the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), EMBO’s intergovernmental funding body. 


“For some countries in Europe, retaining or attracting the best researchers can be a challenge,” explains Leptin. “Through the Installation Grants scheme, we encourage young researchers to return or move to countries that find it difficult to compete with large well-funded research centers in some of the other European countries. In doing so we hope to improve the participating countries’ competitiveness in European science.” 


EMBO Installation Grants are awarded on the basis of scientific excellence and international mobility as the primary selection criteria. Recipients must have spent at least two consecutive years outside the country in which they are planning to establish their research group. 


The next application deadline for EMBO Installation Grants is 15 April 2019. 



Selected statistics 


  • EMBO has supported 103 group leaders through Installation Grants since 2006
  • The 2018 grantees will establish one laboratory each in the Czech Republic and Portugal, three in Poland and five in Turkey
  • The 2018 Installation Grantees include four women and six men


Recipients of the EMBO Installation Grants 2018


NameResearch interestInstitute
Ogun Adebali G protein-coupled receptor evolution in the context of genetic diseases Sabancı University, Istanbul, TR
Serap Aksu Immune cell signalling in situ and in real time Koç University, Istanbul, TR
Claudia Bank Fitness landscapes and the predictability of evolution Gulbenkian Institute of Science, Oeiras, PT
Şükrü Anıl Doğan ROS-mediated control of tissue-specific mitochondrial biogenesis Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, TR
Serap Erkek Epigenetic regulation of bladder cancer Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center, TR
Anna Karnkowska Evolution of phototrophy in eukaryotes University of Warsaw, PL
Serkan Kır Dissecting tumour-induced signalling pathways driving energy wasting Koç University, Istanbul, TR
Lukasz Piatkowski The role of hydration in cell membrane organization Poznan University of Technology, PL
Martin Schwarzer Bacteria-driven host juvenile growth promotion Institute of Microbiology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, CZ
Michal Szymanski Structural basis for DNA repair in human mitochondria Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology of University of Gdansk and Medical University of Gdansk, PL


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