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EMBO announces election of new members

69 new members and associate members join the EMBO community of more than 2,000 leading life scientists in Europe and beyond

Grant and Award Announcement


4 July 2023 – 69 scientists have been newly elected as Members and Associate Members of EMBO, an organization of leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond.

This year's awardees have been recognised for contributions spanning the spectrum of life science research, including work that has demystified the immune system, advanced understanding of our senses, and facilitated innovative approaches to vaccine development.

Fiona Watt, EMBO Director said: “These remarkable scientists have unravelled molecular secrets of life, deepened our understanding of health and disease, and are paving the way for further discoveries and innovations. Their achievements reinforce the critical role that life science research plays in the lives of citizens across Europe and the world.”

This year sees 60 members and nine associate members elected to the EMBO Membership, of which 35 are women (51%) and 34 are men (49%).

The newly elected members and associate members reside in more than 20 countries. The 60 new EMBO Members are based in 17 Member States of the EMBC, the intergovernmental organization that funds the main EMBO Programmes and activities.

The new members and associate members join a community of more than 2,000 leading life science experts. They take their place alongside 91 Nobel laureates who have been elected to EMBO Membership.

Members provide guidance and support for EMBO activities, for example by evaluating funding applications and serving on EMBO Council and Committees.

New members are nominated and elected by the existing EMBO Membership. EMBO will formally welcome the new members at the annual Members’ Meeting in Heidelberg, Germany, between 25-27 October 2023.

An online directory listing all EMBO Members and Associate Members, their affiliations, and subject areas is available here.

Selected statistic

  • 69 distinguished life scientists have been elected to the EMBO Membership, comprising of 60 EMBO Members and nine EMBO Associate Members.
  • The newly elected members and associate members represent more than 20 countries.
  • A majority of the new EMBO Members and Associate Members are women, with 35 women (51%) and 34 men (49%) elected in 2023.

The full list of the newly elected Members and Associate Members of EMBO is, in alphabetical order:


New members 


Simon Alberti

Dresden, DE

Canan Atilgan

Istanbul, TR

Tom Baden

Brighton, UK

Marek Basler

Basel, CH

Florence Besse

Nice, FR

Rishikesh Bhalerao

Umea, SE

Dalibor Blazek

Brno, CZ

Tiziana Bonaldi

Milan, IT

Pedro Carvalho

Oxford, UK

Pilar Cubas

Madrid, ES

Bart Deplancke

Lausanne, CH

Elke Deuerling

Konstanz, DE

Sandra Duharcourt

Paris, FR

Paul Dupree

Cambridge, UK

Thijs Ettema

Wageningen, NL

Angela Falciatore

Paris, FR

Luísa M. Figueiredo

Lisboa, PT

Luca Giorgetti

Basel, CH

Electra Gizeli

Heraklion, GR

Uri Gophna

Tel Aviv, IL

Monica Gotta

Geneva, CH

Anne Grapin-Botton

Dresden, DE

Simonetta Gribaldo

Paris, FR

Mohamed-Ali Hakimi

Grenoble, FR

Muzlifah Haniffa

Hinxton, UK 

Hana Hanzlíková

Prague, CZ

Saskia A. Hogenhout

Norwich, UK

Wolfgang Huber

Heidelberg, DE

Meritxell Huch

Dresden, DE

Jacek Jaworski

Warsaw, PL

Gáspár Jékely

Heidelberg, DE

Martin Kaltenpoth

Jena, DE

Lukas Kapitein

Utrecht, NL

Katalin Karikó

Philadelphia, US

Manfred Kayser

Rotterdam, NL

Özlem Keskin

Istanbul, TR

Gaëlle Legube

Toulouse, FR

Julius Lukeš

České Budějovice, CZ

Julia Mahamid

Heidelberg, DE

Ruth Massey

Cork, IE

Marco Milán

Barcelona, ES

Thorsten Nürnberger

Tübingen, DE

Anna C. Obenauf

Vienna, AT

Faith H.A. Osier

London, UK

Annette Oxenius

Zurich, CH

Anastassis Perrakis

Amsterdam, NL

Eugenia Piddini

Bristol, UK

Michael Potente

Berlin, DE

Katja Röper

Cambridge, UK

Stephan J. Sigrist

Berlin, DE

David Staněk

Prague, CZ

Oliver Stegle

Heidelberg, DE

Nils Chr. Stenseth

Oslo, NO

Ildikò Szabò

Padova, IT

Alessandro Vannini

Milan, IT

Julien Vermot

London, UK

Hedda Wardemann

Heidelberg, DE

Katja Wassmann

Paris, FR

Cornelis Jan Weijer

Dundee, UK

Maria Yazdanbakhsh

Leiden, NL



New associate members


Kathryn S.E. Cheah

Hong Kong, HKSAR

Diego De Mendoza

Rosario, AR

Yukiko Goda

Okinawa, JP

Yukiko Gotoh

Tokyo, JP

Sean J. Morrison

Dallas, US

Erin K. O'Shea

Ashburn, US

Robert Parton

Brisbane, AU

Michael Rapé

Berkeley, US

Nieng Yan

Beijing and Shenzhen, CN


About EMBO

EMBO is an organization of more than 2,000 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond. The goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

EMBO helps young scientists to advance their research, promote their international visibility and ensure their mobility. Courses, workshops, conferences, and scientific journals disseminate the latest research and offer training in techniques to maintain high standards of excellence in research practice. EMBO helps to shape science and research policy by seeking input and feedback from our community and by following closely the trends in science in Europe. For more information: www

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