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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

EMBO Young Investigators 2019

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


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