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Two IMBA group leaders are selected for the EMBO Young Investigators Programme

Kikuë Tachibana-Konwalski and Stefan Ameres, both group leaders at IMBA, passed the highly competitive annual selection to join the prestigious EMBO Young Investigator programme. This programme comprises a three-year tenure in which fellows receive a range of financial and practical benefits, to help them realize their potential as world-class researchers. EMBO Young Investigators, or “YIPs” receive extensive support for professional interactions and other career development for themselves and their labs. They benefit from a vibrant and broad network of over 450 scientists, made up of current and former Young Investigators, and recipients of an EMBO Installation Grant.

“The EMBO Young Investigator Programme supports young life scientists in their most demanding career phase, when they establish their own research group,” says Maria Leptin, EMBO Director. “Each of the successful candidates has shown great potential to deliver world-class research, and we look forward to supporting them.”

This year the 211 applications were submitted, and in a very selective process 25 new YIPs from 11 different countries were selected. The Young Investigator Programme provides support for researchers under forty years of age who have set up their first laboratories in the past four years. During their three-year tenure, EMBO Young Investigators receive a range of benefits, including an award of 15,000 euros and the opportunity to apply for additional funds to support the establishment of their first independent laboratories.

Kikuë Tachibana-Konwalski

Kikuë Tachibana-Konwalski was educated in Austria, Japan and the UK. She obtained a PhD in cell cycle and cancer research from Cambridge University and continued her postdoctoral research in Kim Nasmyth’s lab in Oxford, where she pioneered the use of TEV protease technology in the mouse to study cohesin in female germ cells. Kikuë is a group leader at IMBA since November 2011. Her research focuses on the molecular control of the oocyte-to-zygote transition with the goal of understanding female age-related aneuploidy and infertility. 2013 she received an ERC Starting Grant for "Chromosome inheritance from mammalian oocytes to embryos”.

Stefan Ameres

Stefan Ameres was born in Munich. He obtained his PhD in Renee Schröder´s lab at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories, and subsequently worked as a Post Doc in Philipp Zamore´s lab at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In 2012 Stefan became a group leader at IMBA, where he and his group explore molecular mechanisms that govern small RNA silencing pathways and unveil the processes that regulate the production, the assembly, and the disassembly of small RNAs. In 2013 he received an ERC Starting Grant for "Molecular Characterization of the microRNA Life-Cycle”.

About EMBO
EMBO is an organization of more than 1700 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. The major 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 European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work. EMBO supports talented researchers, selected through impartial evaluation processes, to allow them to do great science. 

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