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EMBO welcomes 55 leading life scientists as members


Heidelberg, Germany, 9 May 2012 - Fifty-five life scientists from Europe and around the world were today recognised by EMBO for their excellence in research. Forty-eight of the researchers are from Europe and neighbouring countries while seven scientists from Argentina, Australia, South Korea and the United States join as Associate Members. In total, EMBO membership now comprises almost 1,550 life scientists in the international scientific community.

EMBO elects new members annually on the basis of scientific excellence. The new members represent a broad cross-section of the life sciences. The latest scientists to join the group come from 17 different countries and include 13 female scientists recognized for their contributions to life science research.

The new nominees include the first ever Associate Members in South Korea and Argentina. "Our members are the basis for the excellent international reputation of EMBO and its increasingly global orientation. We welcome this group of exceptional scientists and look forward to their fresh input and ideas," said EMBO Director Maria Leptin.

The selected researchers will help shape the direction of the life sciences in Europe and beyond by their involvement with the activities of the organization. EMBO Members provide scientific input such as acting on advisory editorial boards of the four scientific journals of the organization, serving on selection committees for EMBO Programmes and giving general advice to the scientific community.

A list of all new EMBO Members and Associate Members accompanies this announcement.



Ronen Alon, Israel

Rolf Apweiler, United Kingdom

Manuela Baccarini, Austria

Shankar Balasubramanian, United Kingdom

Cosima Tatiana Baldari, Italy

Lucia Banci, Italy

Axel Behrens, United Kingdom

Monsef Benkirane, France

Ewan Birney, United Kingdom

Cédric Blanpain, Belgium

Jannie Borst, Netherlands

Paola, Bovolenta Nicolao, Spain

Jens C. Brüning, Germany

Francesco Cecconi, Italy

Jane Clarke, United Kingdom

Fabrizio D'Adda di Fagagna, Italy

Ulrike Gaul, Germany

Pascal Genschik, France

Urs Greber, Switzerland

William A. Harris, United Kingdom

Urs Jenal, Switzerland

Torben Heick Jensen, Denmark

Ludger Johannes, France

Kai Johnsson, Switzerland

Jos M.M. Jonkers, Netherlands

Stefan H.E. Kaufmann, Germany

Michel Labouesse, France

Andreas Ladurner, Germany

Nils-Göran Larsson, Germany

Andreas Lüthi, Switzerland

Laura Machesky, United Kingdom

Paul Martin, United Kingdom

William Martin, Germany

Raúl Méndez, Spain

Eric Miska, United Kingdom

May-Britt Moser, Norway

Béla Novák, United Kingdom

Nancy Papalopulu, United Kingdom

Chris Ponting, United Kingdom

Thomas Preat, France

Michael Sattler, Germany

François Schweisguth, France

Luca Scorrano, Switzerland

Maria Sibilia, Austria

Thomas Surrey, United Kingdom

Sarah A. Teichmann, United Kingdom

Antoine Triller, France

Sabine Werner, Switzerland

New Associate Members 2012

Vishva Dixit, United States

V. Narry Kim, Republic of Korea

Alberto R. Kornblihtt, Argentina

Eric S. Lander, United States

Ruth Lehmann, United States

Ronald D. Vale, United States

David L. Vaux, Australia

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