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EMBO welcomes 66 leading life  scientists as members

 

HEIDELBERG, 19 OCTOBER 2009 – The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) today announced the election of 66 leading life scientists to its membership. Sixty of the recognized researchers are based in Europe and neighbouring countries, while six distinguished scientists from Australia, Japan and the US receive the honour of associate membership. In total, EMBO membership now comprises 1,420 of the world's foremost molecular biologists.

 

EMBO elects new members annually on the basis of scientific excellence. The latest scientists to join the group come from 16 different countries and represent a broad cross-section of researchers from all fields of molecular biology, ranging from evolutionary to computational biology, neuroscience and plant science. This year, 15 female scientists are recognized for their contributions to life science research.

 

"The election once again puts a spotlight on the most outstanding representatives of the current generation of life scientists. We look forward to the fresh impulses this exceptional group will bring to our organization," said EMBO Director Hermann Bujard. EMBO Members provide their scientific expertise to the various programmes coordinated by EMBO. They provide scientific input to the organization, participate in committees, may nominate new members, mentor young scientists and initiate new activities.

 

To better reflect the diversity of contemporary molecular biology in the EMBO membership, the election procedure has been significantly modified this year – for the first time since the foundation of EMBO in 1964. From this year on, the top 60 percent of the candidates nominated by the membership committee are elected automatically. All remaining candidates are judged, according to their specialties, by an election committee divided into five scientific sections. The new procedure allows the identification of the true leaders in a wide spectrum of fields, who may not generally be known to all voting members.

 

A list of all new EMBO Members and Associate Members is featured below.

 

NEW EMBO MEMBERS 2009

Name Institute Country
Frédéric Allain Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Zurich, CH
Gil Ast Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv, IL
Francis Barr University of Liverpool Liverpool, UK
Yann Barrandon Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, CH
Françoise Barré-Sinoussi Pasteur Institute Paris, FR
Facundo Batista Cancer Research UK London, UK
Simon Boulton Cancer Research UK South Mimms, Herts, UK
Søren Brunak Technical University of Denmark Kongens Lyngby, DK
Julie Cooper Cancer Research UK London, UK
Patrick Cramer Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Munich, DE
Geneviève de Saint Basile Institut Fédératif de Recherche Necker-Enfants Malades Paris, FR
Liam Dolan University of Oxford Oxford, UK
Richard Durbin Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Cambridge, UK
Martin Embley Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Tariq Enver University of Oxford Oxford,UK
Elizabeth Fisher University College London London, UK
Jonathan Flint University of Oxford Oxford, UK
Margaret Frame The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, UK
Marcos González-Gaitán University of Geneva Geneva, CH
Iain Hagan University of Manchester Manchester, UK
Nicholas P. Harberd University of Oxford Oxford, UK
Bassem Hassan Catholic University of Leuven Leuven, BE
Ronald Hay University of Dundee Dundee, UK
Liisa Holm University of Helsinki Helsinki, FI
Brigitte Kieffer Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology Illkirch, FR
Thomas Lecuit Developmental Biology Institute of Marseilles

Marseilles, FR
Ben Luisi University of Cambridge Cambridge, UK
Vivek Malhotra Centre for Genomic Regulation Barcelona, ES
Richard Marais Institute of Cancer Research London, UK
Oscar Marín Institute of Neuroscience Alicante, ES
Seamus Martin Trinity College Dublin, IE
Jane Mellor University of Oxford Oxford, UK
Axel Meyer University of Konstanz Konstanz, DE
Victor Muñoz Centre of Biological Research Madrid, ES
Andrea Musacchio European Institute of Oncology Milano, IT
James H. Naismith University of St Andrews St Andrews, UK
Anne O'Garra MRC National Institute for Medical Research London, UK
Stephen O'Rahilly University of Cambridge

Cambridge, UK
Roger Patient University of Oxford Oxford, UK
David Porteous The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, UK
Catherine Rabouille University Medical Center Utrecht, NL
Minoo Rassoulzadegan Univeristy of Nice Sophia Antipolis Nice, FR
Jean-Marc Reichhart Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology Strasbourg, FR
William Schafer MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology Cambridge, UK
Dirk Schübeler Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research Basel, CH
Stephen Smerdon MRC National Institute for Medical Research London, UK
Christopher Smith University of Cambridge Cambridge, UK
Anne Spang University of Basel Basel, CH
Ernst H. K. Stelzer European Molecular Biology Laboratory Heidelberg, DE
Michael Stratton Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Cambridge, UK
Nektarios Tavernarakis Foundation for Research & Technology Heraklion, GR
Dan S. Tawfik Weizmann Institute of Science Rehovot, IL
Didier Trono Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, CH
Laura van 't Veer formerly The Netherlands Cancer Institute Amsterdam, NL
Gisou Van der Goot Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, CH
Pierre Vanderhaeghen Free University of Brussels Brussel, BE
Dietmar Vestweber Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine Münster, DE
Andrew Waters University of Glasgow Glasgow, UK
Robert J. White

University of York, formerly
The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research

York, UK
Marat Yusupov Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology Illkirch, FR

 

NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS 2009

Name Institute Country
Bruce Beutler The Scripps Research Institute La Jolla, US
Uta Francke Stanford University Stanford, US
Fred Gage Salk Institute for Biological Studies La Jolla, US
Keiichi Namba Osaka University Osaka, JP
Andreas Strasser Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Parkville, AU
Masatoshi Takeichi RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology Kobe, JP

 

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