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Twenty-seven life scientists become EMBO Young Investigators


Heidelberg, 13 November 2019 – EMBO congratulates twenty-seven life scientists on their selection as new EMBO Young Investigators. They join a network of 129 current and 340 former Young Investigators, and will begin their four-year programme tenure in January 2020. During this time EMBO will provide financial and practical support as well as networking opportunities for the Young Investigators and their lab members.


“Each of the new Young Investigators has demonstrated their ability to carry out research at the highest level, and it is a pleasure to welcome them to the EMBO community,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin. “The first years as an independent researcher can be a particularly challenging time in a scientist’s career, and we look forward to supporting these twenty-seven researchers in establishing their independent careers.”


EMBO Young Investigators are researchers under the age of 40 who are within their first four years as group leaders and have a proven record of scientific excellence. As part of the programme they will have access to a wide range of benefits to support them at this stage of their careers.


Benefits include networking opportunities, training in leadership skills and responsible research practices, and access to core facilities at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. Young Investigators may also seek mentorship from a senior scientist in the community of EMBO Members. They each receive an award of 15,000 euros in the second year of their four years’ tenure, and can apply for further funding and travel grants to attend conferences.


The Young Investigators selected this year are based in 13 countries and represent 15 different nationalities from Europe and beyond. The programme received 229 eligible applications this year. The success rate of 12% is similar as in previous years.


The next application deadline for the programme is 1 April 2020. More information can be found at https://www.embo.org/funding-awards/young-investigators/apply


 EMBO Young InvestigatorResearch interestInstituteLocation
Alexey Amunts Alexey Amunts Principles of protein synthesis and folding in organelles Stockholm University Solna, SE
Tuncay Baubec Tuncay Baubec Function and regulation of epigenetic patterns University of Zurich Zürich, CH
Petter Brodin Petter Brodin Shaping of human immune systems by environmental influences early in life Karolinska Institute Solna, SE
Cécile Charrier Cécile Charrier Mechanisms and human-specific regulations of synaptic development and plasticity Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale, INSERM / PSL Research University Paris, FR
Bert De Rybel Bert De Rybel Unravelling plant vascular development VIB / Ghent University Ghent, BE
Daniele Fachinetti Daniele Fachinetti Impact of centromeric DNA on centromere formation and integrity Institut Curie Paris, FR
Elif Nur Firat-Karalar Elif Nur Firat-Karalar Spatiotemporal regulation of the centrosome-cilium complex Koç University Istanbul, TR
Yaron Fuchs Yaron Fuchs Harnessing stem cell apoptosis for tissue regeneration Technion Haifa, IL
Paul Guichard Paul Guichard Architecture and assembly of the centriole University of Geneva Geneva, CH
Martin Guilliams Martin Guilliams Tissue signals and transcription factors driving Kupffer cell differentiation VIB / Ghent University Ghent, BE
Edouard Hannezo Edouard Hannezo Physical principles of biological systems Institute of Science and Technology Austria Klosterneuburg, AT
Ping-Chih Ho Ping-Chih Ho Immunometabolic editing in facilitating immune evasion in melanomas University of Lausanne / Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Lausanne, CH
Jan Philipp Junker Jan Philipp Junker Systematic analysis of variability and plasticity in vertebrate development Max-Delbrück-Centrum Berlin, DE
Siddhesh Kamat Siddhesh Kamat Chemoproteomics and metabolomics approach to enzyme function annotation Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune, IN
Wanda Kukulski Wanda Kukulski How molecular architectures of cellular membranes contribute to function MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology Cambridge, GB
Madeline Lancaster Madeline Lancaster Development of human brain size and complexity MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology Cambridge, GB
Prisca Liberali Prisca Liberali Self-organization during organoid formation Friedrich Miescher Institute Basel, CH
Martin Loose Martin Loose Self-organization of protein systems Institute of Science and Technology Austria Klosterneuburg, AT
Jean-Léon Jean-Léon Maître Mechanics of mammalian development Institut Curie Paris, FR
Sebastian Marquardt Sebastian Marquardt Rules and roles of long non-coding RNA transcription Copenhagen University Copenhagen, DK
Bjørn Panyella Bjørn Panyella Pedersen Molecular mechanisms of transmembrane metabolite uptake Aarhus University Aarhus, DK
Randall J. Randall J. Platt Interrogating complex disease mechanisms and cellular behaviours with CRISPR ETH Zürich Zürich, CH
Hayley Sharpe Hayley Sharpe Cell signalling by receptor tyrosine phosphatases Babraham Institute Cambridge, GB
Fran Supek Fran Supek Variability in mutational processes across genome regions and individuals Institute for Research in Biomedicine / Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats Barcelona, ES
Marvin Tanenbaum Marvin Tanenbaum Gene expression dynamics in single cells Hubrecht Institute Utrecht, NL
Barbara Treutlein Barbara Treutlein Reconstructing organ development using single-cell genomics ETH Zürich Zürich, CH
Joseph Yeeles Joseph Yeeles Mechanisms of eukaryotic chromosome replication MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology Cambridge, GB


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