Professor Fitzgerald elected as EMBO member for outstanding life science research

Congratulations to Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald, who has been elected as an EMBO member in recognition of her outstanding life science research.

She is one of 64 scientists from around the world, elected this year as members and associate members of the European Molecular Biology Organisation.

EMBO membership honours distinguished scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the life sciences, including 88 Nobel Laureates.

The new EMBO members and associate members join the international community of more than 1,800 leading life scientists.

Professor Fitzgerald

Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald, Interim Director of the MRC Cancer Unit who co-leads the Early Detection Programme, said: "It is an honour to be elected a member of EMBO and to join this vibrant scientific community in Europe and beyond".

Professor Fitzgerald will be joined by another CRUK Cambridge Centre member, Dr John Marioni, Head of Research at the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute and a Group Leader at the CRUK Cambridge Institute.

"I am delighted to welcome the new members into our organization and look forward to working with them," says EMBO Director Maria Leptin.

"An election to the EMBO Membership recognizes outstanding achievements in the life sciences. The new members will provide expertise and guidance that will help EMBO to further strengthen its initiatives."

The 64 newly elected members reside in 21 countries: 55 new EMBO Members reside in member states of the EMBC, the intergovernmental organisation that funds the major EMBO Programmes and activities. Nine new EMBO Associate Members reside in Argentina, Australia, India, Japan, and the USA. 26 of the new EMBO Members (41%) are women.

EMBO Members are actively involved in the organization.

They serve on EMBO Council, Committees and Advisory Editorial Boards of EMBO Press journals, evaluate applications for EMBO funding, and mentor early-career scientists. Collectively, they can influence the direction of the life sciences in Europe and beyond.

The new EMBO Members will be formally welcomed at the annual EMBO Members’ Meeting between 27 and 29 October 2021.

Find out more about Professor Fitzgerald's research: www.mrc-cu.cam.ac.uk/research/rebecca-fitzgerald

Learn more about the EMBO: www.embo.org