Felix Naef elected EMBO Member
The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) has elected 63 new life scientists to membership, joining more than 1800 of the best researchers in Europe and the world. Among the new members is Professor Felix Naef at EPFL’s Institute of Bioengineering.
“It’s a great recognition showing that this community is very open to people with different backgrounds,” says Felix Naef, who directs the Laboratory of Computational and Systems Biology at EPFL. Naef’s lab is interested in quantitative and systems biology, and the link between physics and biology. Combining theoretical, computational, and experimental methods, Naef studies various problems including circadian rhythms, mammalian gene regulation, transcriptional bursting, and single-cell oscillators.
“The new Members have contributed to the success of research in the life sciences in Europe and around the world,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin. “As EMBO Members they can help to shape the future through EMBO’s work to support talented researchers, bring ideas together, and promote an international research environment conducive to excellent science.”
EMBO Members actively participate in EMBO initiatives, for example by serving on EMBO Council and committees, by mentoring young scientists, or supporting activities such as the promotion of sound science policy. Members also guide and support the organisation in ensuring the highest quality in the selection of future members, postdoctoral fellows, and courses and workshops.
The 63 new scientists include 52 Members who reside in 18 Member States of the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), EMBO’s intergovernmental funding body. The other 11 scientists are elected as EMBO Associate Members, and are currently based in Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Japan, Singapore, and the United States.