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Nine life scientists become EMBO Global Investigators



Heidelberg, 3 December 2020 – EMBO congratulates nine life scientists on their selection as EMBO Global Investigators. They form the second cohort of the Global Investigator Network that was launched in 2019 and will start their four-year tenure in January 2021. The new Global Investigators will receive financial support for several networking, collaboration and training activities.


“We are pleased to welcome these outstanding scientists who will become an integral part of the EMBO community,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin. “We are convinced that they will make major contributions to the life sciences in their regions, start forming local networks of young group leaders and foster interactions with researchers in Europe.”


The EMBO Global Investigator Network supports life scientists who are within their first six years as group leaders in an EMBC Associate Member State (currently India and Singapore), or in country or territory covered by a cooperation agreement with EMBC (currently Chile and Taiwan), and have an excellent scientific track record.


Benefits of the programme include funding for visits to other institutions to give lectures, plan and continue collaborations or carry out experiments, to attend or organise scientific meetings and to cover childcare costs when attending conferences. The programme provides opportunities to interact with other scientists in the same region and in Europe, in particular EMBO Young Investigators and Installation Grantees, and to receive training in research leadership and management skills.


The EMBO Global Investigators selected this year carry out their research in each of the four participating countries or territories. The programme received 59 eligible applications, and the success rate was 15%.


The next application deadline for the programme is 1 June 2021. More information can be found at: https://www.embo.org/funding-awards/global-investigators.html




EMBO Global Investigator

Research project


Aravind Penmatsa

Mechanism and pharmacology of ion-coupled transport in cellular physiology

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IN

Bin Wu

Molecular Immunology: Understanding and rewiring cellular immune-responses

Nanyang Technological University Singapore, SG

Cheng-Ruei Lee

Utilizing evolutionary genomics for future food security

National Taiwan University, Taipei, TW

Francisco Cubillos

Phylogenomic studies in ethanol-tolerant yeast from Patagonia

University of Santiago de Chile, CL

Suewei Lin

Neural basis of motivation and neural circuit assembly

Academia Sinica, Taipei, TW

Sunil Laxman

Organizational principles of metabolic information flow controlling cell states

Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore, IN

Yasunori Saheki

Dissecting the importance of cholesterol homeostasis for neuronal function

Nanyang Technological University Singapore, SG

Yu Fu

Neural mechanisms of energy homeostasis regulation

Singapore Bioimaging Consortium, SG

Yun Xia

Understand kidney development and diseases using organoid models

Nanyang Technological University Singapore, SG


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