News Release

Twenty-three researchers recognized as EMBO Young Investigators

Grant and Award Announcement


HEIDELBERG, 26 October 2015 - EMBO announced today the selection of 23 young researchers as EMBO Young Investigators. The scientists join a network of 365 current and past Young Investigators who represent some of the best young group leaders contributing to research in Europe and beyond.

"We welcome these young scientists to our growing network," says Gerlind Wallon, Manager of the Young Investigator Programme. "The status of Young Investigator offers them recognition and access to a network of their peers in Europe." The programme targets researchers under forty years of age who have established their first laboratories in the past four years.

This year the programme received 174 applications. Thirteen per cent of the candidates who applied were selected and the new investigators originate from ten countries.

The Young Investigators receive a range of benefits, including an award of 15,000 Euros and the opportunity to apply for additional funds to help start their first independent research laboratories. Laboratory management and non-scientific skills training as well as PhD courses offer the young group leaders and their students the chance to develop professional skills. The scientists also receive access to core facilities at EMBL and funding for themselves and their group members to attend conferences.

The next application deadline is 1 April 2016. More information can be found at

2015 EMBO Young Investigators

    Andrea Alimonti, Switzerland

    Marek Basler, Switzerland

    Isabel Bäurle, Germany

    Priscille Brodin, France

    Clemens Cabernard, Switzerland

    Karin De Visser, Netherlands

    Thijs Ettema, Sweden

    Ana Eulalio, Germany

    Pablo Huertas, Spain

    Matteo Iannacone, Italy

    Shalev Itzkovitz, Israel

    Martin Jinek, Switzerland

    Nolwenn Jouvenet, France

    Chiea Chuen Khor, Singapore

    Romain Koszul, France

    Yogesh Kulathu, United Kingdom

    Gaëlle Legube, France

    Naoko Mizuno, Germany

    Paola Picotti, Switzerland

    Nicolas Plachta, Singapore

    Jochen Rink, Germany

    Robert Ryan, United Kingdom

    Alessandro Vannini, United Kingdom


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