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The Human Frontier Science Program selects new heads of start-up laboratories

Human Frontier Science Program

The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) has selected 12 of its fellowship holders to receive the highly sought-after Career Development Award (CDA). Following rigorous selection in a global competition, the future for these young scientists could not be brighter as they will receive an award worth $300,000 spread over three years to jump start their first independent laboratory.

The CDA is a special feature of the HFSP fellowship programs because it offers fellows the possibility to return to their home countries or to move to another HFSP member country after their research abroad. "We are excited that we can increase the number of CDA awards in 2014 because it is an important mechanism to assure that these outstanding young researchers hit the ground running when starting their first independent laboratory," says Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, Secretary General of HFSPO, in highlighting the Program's goal to support the new leaders in the life sciences.

The 12 winners of the 2014 HFSP Career Development Award, their research institutions and research programs, are:

Stan Oliver BELL (Nationality: Germany)
IMBA - Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Vienna, Austria
Investigating the dynamics and memory of polycomb-mediated gene repression in vivo

Jan BRUGUES FERRE (Nationality: Spain)
Max Planck Institute for Physics and Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany
Mechanisms of spindle morphology and scaling during early development

Angélique DELERIS (Nationality: France)
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
Heritable epigenetic and genetic changes triggered by the plant immune response

Georg KELLER (Nationality: Switzerland)
Friedrich-Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
Sensory feedback processing in visual cortex during behavior

Tomomi KIYOMITSU (Nationality: Japan)
Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
Defining the mechanisms and roles of cell size control during cell division

Sebastian KLINGE (Nationality: Germany)
The Rockefeller University, New York, USA
Early events of eukaryotic ribosome assembly - the small subunit processome

Kota MIZUMOTO (Nationality: Japan)
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Dissecting the roles of inter-neuronal interaction in establishing synaptic topography

Franck OURY (Nationality: France)
Institut Necker Enfants-Malades, Paris, France
Biological and molecular bases of the hormonal regulation of brain development and functions by the skeleton

Dana REICHMANN (Nationality: Israel)
The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Systematic analysis of nature and role of stress-regulated protein disorder in cellular proteostasis

Noam STERN-GINOSSAR (Nationality: Israel)
The Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel
The translational landscape of virally infected cells

Jeroen VAN ZON (Nationality: Netherlands)
FOM Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Robust spatial patterning of multicellular organisms by noisy morphogen gradients

Marija ZANIC (Nationality: Croatia/USA)
Yale University, New Haven, USA
Molecular mechanisms of microtubule dynamic instability


The Human Frontier Science Program is an international program of research support implemented by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) based in Strasbourg, France. Its aims are to promote intercontinental collaboration and training in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research focused on the life sciences. HFSPO receives financial support from the governments or research councils of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, UK, USA, as well as from the European Union.

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