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Twenty-six young investigators join the EMBO community

Grant and Award Announcement


8 December 2021 - EMBO congratulates 26 life scientists on their selection to the young investigator programme. They will join a network of 130 current and 368 former members of the programme. Starting in January 2022, the new young investigators will have access to a variety of networking opportunities and funding.

“We are pleased to welcome the 26 young investigators to the EMBO community,” says Michael N. Hall, EMBO Director ad interim. “They have already demonstrated scientific excellence despite only recently launching their own laboratories. The EMBO Young Investigator Programme will aid them in taking their career to the next level. We look forward to supporting them during an important phase of their career.”

As part of the programme, EMBO Young Investigators benefit from a variety of networking and training opportunities and have access to core facilities at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. They also receive a financial award of 15,000 euros and can apply for additional grants of up to 10,000 euros per year. The young investigators are active members in the programme for four years.

The EMBO Young Investigator Programme supports life scientists who have an excellent track record and have been group leaders for at least one but less than four years. 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).

Twelve of the new EMBO Young Investigators are female (46%) and 14 are male (54%). This year’s young investigators are based in seven EMBC Member States and the EMBC Associate Member State Singapore. The programme received 194 eligible applications and the success rate was 13%.

The next application deadline is 1 April 2022. More information about the programme, including eligibility criteria and the application process, is available at:


EMBO Young Investigator

Research Interest



Anna Obenauf

Therapies for metastatic cancers

Research Institute of Molecular Pathology

Vienna, AT

Benjamin Schumann

Tools for quantitative glycobiology

Francis Crick Institute

London, UK

Celine Vallot

Epigenomic evolution of breast cancers

Institut Curie

Paris, FR

Christian Münch

Mammalian mitochondrial unfolded protein response

Goethe University

Frankfurt, DE

Clemens Plaschka

mRNA processing and regulation

Research Institute of Molecular Pathology

Vienna, AT

Danny Nedialkova

Context-specific regulation of protein biogenesis

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

Martinsried, DE

Darío Lupiáñez

3D regulatory landscapes in development and evolution

Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine

Berlin, DE

David Zwicker

Physical principles of the organization of cellular structures

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

Göttingen, DE

Edda Schulz

Quantitative signal processing by gene networks and cis-regulatory landscapes

Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics

Berlin, DE

Elvan Böke

Oocyte biology and cellular dormancy

Centre for Genomic Regulation

Barcelona, ES

Elvira Mass

Developmental programming of the innate immune system

University of Bonn

Bonn, DE

Felipe Karam Teixeira

Molecular mechanisms controlling and protecting the germline

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, UK

Florian Schur

Structural biology of cell migration and viral Infection

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Klosterneuburg, AT

Gray Camp

Exploring uniquely human development


Roche Institute for Translational Bioengineering Basel and University of Basel

Basel, CH

Katrin Franke

Tracing visual computations from the retina to behaviour

University of Tübingen

Tübingen, DE

Lena Ho

Micropeptides in metabolism and immunity

Duke-NUS Medical School

Singapore, SG

Melanie Hamon

Bacteria mediated chromatin modifications in health and disease

Institut Pasteur

Paris, FR

Mounia Lagha

Gene expression precision during development

Institute of Molecular Genetics of Montpellier

Montpellier, FR

Nina Cabezas-Wallscheid

Regulation of haematopoietic stem cell dormancy

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics

Freiburg, DE

Ori Avinoam

Dynamic membrane remodelling

Weizmann Institute

Rehovot, Israel

Pierre-Marc Delaux

Evolution and functioning of plant symbioses

Plant Science Research Laboratory

Toulouse, FR

Pontus Skoglund

Ancient genomics and human evolution

Francis Crick Institute

London, UK

Roger Geiger

Systems analyses of anti-tumour T cell responses

Institute for Research in Biomedicine

Bellinzona, CH

Stefanie Jonas

RNA processing machineries in the nucleus of human cells

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Zurich, CH

Uri Ben-David

Functional consequences of aneuploidy in cancer

Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv, IL

Yonatan Stelzer

Dissecting early embryonic cell-fate decisions at spatio-temporal resolution

Weizmann Institute

Rehovot, IL


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