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Dra. Elisa Martí and Dr. Toni Gabaldón (Photo: IBMB-CSIC i IRB Barcelona).

Dra. Elisa Martí and Dr. Toni Gabaldón, new EMBO members

The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)  announced today the names of the 64 researchers who will join the prestigious organization, including two members of the PCB community. Dra. Elisa Martí, Research Professor at Institute of Molecular Biology of Barcelona (IBMB-CSIC), and Dr. Toni Gabaldón, group leader at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS), will join a community of more than 1,800 renowned life scientists, 90 of which have been honoured with the Nobel Prize. 

Elisa Martí is a Research Professor and Senior Principal Investigator of the Development of the Nervous System in health and disease Lab at IBMB-CSIC. She has a long standing interest in Developmental Neurobiology, with the particular aim of understanding the formation of the Spinal Cord. Her laboratory is internationally renowned for the work in genetic networks and cellular events that regulate Neural Development. She is particularly recognized for her extensive characterization of the Sonic Hedgehog pathway in neural development, but her research work has also extended to other signalling pathways (Wnt, BMP, TGFb). For further information: IBMB-CSIC website [+]

Dr. Gabaldón is a biochemist and molecular biologist, head of the Comparative Genomics lab at IRB Barcelona and BSC-CNS, and associate professor at the University Pompeu Fabra. His main research addresses the complex relationships between genome sequences and phenotypes and how these two features evolve within and across species. His research group uses large-scale phylogenetics and molecular evolution approaches that allow the evolution of genomes to be examined from the perspective of all of their genes, and applies these analyses to a variety of biological questions related to the evolution and function of biological communities, organisms, organelles, pathways, and families of protein-coding and non-coding genes. More information: IRB Barcelona website [+]

The 64 newly elected members reside in 21 countries, and 41% are women. Four of the new EMBO members elected this year are based in Spain. Besides Dr. Gabaldón and Dra. Martí, the other two are Dr. Miguel Del Pozo and Dr. José Antonio Enríquez from the CNIC – Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research.

» EMBO Press Release [+]