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EMBO welcomes thirty Young Investigators


Heidelberg, 1 December 2020 – EMBO is pleased to announce that thirty life scientists have been selected as EMBO Young Investigators. They will join the existing network of 73 current and 384 former members of the programme. The new EMBO Young Investigators will receive financial and practical support for a period of four years, starting in January 2021.


“We are delighted to welcome the new Young Investigators to the EMBO community and look forward to support them in leading and further developing their independent laboratories,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin. “These 30 life scientists have demonstrated scientific excellence and are among the next generation of leading life scientists. Their participation in the EMBO Young Investigator Programme will help them in this critical phase of their careers.”


The EMBO Young Investigator Programme supports life scientists who have been group leaders for less than four years and have an excellent track record of scientific achievements. They must carry out their research in an EMBC Member State, an EMBC Associate Member State (currently India and Singapore) or in countries or territories covered by a co-operation agreement (currently Taiwan and Chile).


EMBO Young Investigators receive an award of 15,000 euros in the second year of their tenure and can apply for additional grants of up to 10,000 euros per year. They also benefit from a variety of networking opportunities for them and their lab members, mentoring by EMBO Members, training in research leadership and management as well as responsible conduct of research, and access to core facilities at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany.


This year’s Young Investigators are based in nine EMBC Member States as well as India and Taiwan. Eleven new EMBO Young Investigators are female (37%) and nineteen are male (63%). The success rate was 14% and the programme received 216 eligible applications.


The next application deadline is 1 April 2021. More information about the programme, including eligibility criteria and the application process, is available at: https://www.embo.org/funding-awards/global-investigators




EMBO Young Investigator

Research interest



Alejo Efeyan

Interplay of nutrients, hormones and human disease

Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO)

Madrid, ES

Andela Saric

Computational biological and soft matter physics

University College London

London, UK

Benjamin D. Engel

Interplay between organelle form and function

Helmholtz Zentrum München

Neuherberg, DE

Björn Burmann

Structural and dynamical adaptions of protein machines

University of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, SE

Camilo Perez

Molecular mechanism of cell wall membrane proteins

Biozentrum, University of Basel

Basel, CH

Christoph Zechner

Signal processing and heterogeneity in biological systems

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Dresden, DE

Debojyoti Chakraborty

RNA signatures in cell-fate decisions

CSIR-Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology

New Delhi, IN

Elodie Segura

Biology of human antigen-presenting cells

Institut Curie

Paris, FR

Emmanuel Saliba

Single-cell analysis of bacterial infection

Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI)

Würzburg, DE

Guoliang Cui

T-cell metabolism

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

Heidelberg, DE

Hansong Ma

Genetics of mitochondrial DNA in evolution and disease

Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge

Cambridge, UK

Ines Anna Drinnenberg

Evolution of centromeres and chromosome segregation

Institut Curie

Paris, FR

Julia Santiago

Plant signaling mechanisms

University of Lausanne

Lausanne, CH

Julian Stingele

Maintenance of genome stability


Munich, DE

Julien Duxin

Mechanisms of DNA repair and DNA replication

University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, DK

Leila Akkari

Macrophages in cancer

Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI)

Amsterdam, NL

Luca Tiberi

Regulation of neural stem cell and neuron biology in brain disorders and cancer

University of Trento

Trento, IT

Marc Güell

Translational synthetic biology

Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)

Barcelona, ES

Maria Robles

Temporal dynamics of proteins


Munich, DE

Martijn Luijsterburg

Transcription and DNA repair

Leiden University Medical Centre

Leiden, NL

Mina Gouti

Stem cell modeling of development and disease

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine

Berlin, DE

Nicholas M. I. Taylor

Mechanism and regulation of transport across the membrane

University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, DK

Nicholas McGranahan

Cancer genome evolution

University College London

London, UK

Nuria Montserrat

Pluripotency for organ regeneration

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

Barcelona, ES

Sam Behjati

Developmental origins of cancer

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Hinxton, UK

Saravana Ramasamy

Integrative Skeletal Physiology

Imperial College London

London, UK

Simon Bekker-Jensen

Molecular details of cellular stress responses 

University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, DK

Tanmay Bharat

Structural cell biology of bacterial biofilm formation

University of Oxford

Oxford, UK

Verena Ruprecht

Cell and tissue dynamics

Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)

Barcelona, ES

Yen-Ping Hsueh

Molecular interactions between C.elegans and nematode-trapping fungi

Academia Sinica

Taipei, TW


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