Cambridge scientists recognised by major European research organisation

 three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated image of a cluster of rod-shaped drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria

Researchers from the Cambridge Biomedical Campus have featured prominently in this year’s election to the prestigious European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).

Cambridge University has the highest number of new members of any institution within Europe. Five University of Cambridge researchers are among the 48 scientists from 17 countries elected:

  • Professor Sadaf Farooqi – Wellcome-Medical Research Council (MRC) Institute of Metabolic Science
  • Dr Fanni Gergely – Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute
  • Professor Paul Lehner – Department of Medicine and the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research
  • Professor Lalita Ramakrishnan – Department of Medicine and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
  • Professor Nicole Soranzo – Department of Haematology and Wellcome Sanger Institute

In addition, Dr Garib Murshudov from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology has also been elected.

EMBO is an organisation of more than 1800 leading researchers in Europe and around the world, whose mission is to promote excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond. The major goals of the organisation 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 Members are excellent scientists who conduct research at the forefront of all life science disciplines, ranging from computational models or analyses of single molecules and cellular mechanics to the study of higher-order systems in development, cognitive neuroscience and evolution,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin.

“We’re very honoured to have been elected as members of EMBO,” says Professor Farooqi. “This is great recognition for the excellent science taking place across our city, particularly on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. We are proud of the role we play in European science and look forward to continuing to work in partnership with colleagues across the continent.”

Image: This illustration depicts a three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated image of a cluster of rod-shaped drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, the pathogen responsible for causing the disease tuberculosis (TB).

Credit: CDC/ Melissa Brower

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