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Alumni Relations

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Our board

The EMBL Alumni Association board is a democratically-elected cross-section of committed former staff who work with the Alumni Relations team to help maximise our programme.

The board is elected every four years by members of the EMBL Alumni Association (EAA). They meet twice a year to conduct the business of the Association.

Next EAA board meeting: 16 July 2021

Next EAA board election: 2023

Current board

Fátima Gebauer, Chair

Group Leader
Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
PRBB Building, Barcelona, Spain
Board member since 2016

Christian Engel, Vice-Chair

Research Scientist
Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Board member since 2016

Anne-Marie Glynn, Vice-Chair

Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Global Brain Health Institute
University of California, San Francisco, USA
| Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Board member since 2020

Annabel Goulding, Treasurer

Treasurer to the Meridian Society
and Company Secretary to Tangent Films Ltd
London, UK
Board member from 2015-2019 and since 2021

Julius Brennecke

Group Leader
IMBA Vienna
Vienna, Austria
Board member since 2016

Marina Chekulaeva

Group Leader, Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association
Berlin, Germany
Board member since 2020

Mark Green

Retired in April 2018. Currently Data Protection and Privacy Officer
Treasurer and Volunteer Transcriber Co-ordinator for the Hertford Oral History
Group member of the British Oral History Society, official photographer for
the Hertford Choral Society and digging weeds on the allotment.
Supporter of annual PDBe Art Exhibition.
Board member since 2020

Johanna Höög

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Board member since 2020

Anne-Sophie Huart

Scientist and Project Leader, ZoBio, Leiden, the Netherlands
Board member since 2020

Isabel Palacios

Lecturer, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London, UK
(and Visitor, University of Cambridge, UK)
Board member since 2020

Ramesh Pillai

Professor, Department of Molecular Biology,
University of Geneva, Switzerland
Board member since 2020

Kai Simons

Founder and CEO, Lipotype and Emeritus Director
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Dresden, Germany
Board member since 2020

Britta Schläger, Deputy Treasurer

Head of kobris – company specialising in project management
Sandhausen, Germany
Board member since 2021

Ernst Hans Karl Stelzer

Professor, Physical Biology and Advanced Light Microscopy
and Dean of Studies, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Board member since 2020

Pavel Tomancak

Senior Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute of Molecular
Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
Board member since 2020

Erin Tranfield

Head of the Electron Microscopy Facility and Core Speaker of all Facilities
at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal;
Co-chair of the European Space Agency Topical Team for
Celestial Dust Toxicity; and President-Elect of the Portuguese
Microscopy Society (2020-2021)
Board member since 2020

Past board

Past board members are listed below with the position and affiliation which they had during their term as board member, with the exception of those who are now deceased.

 

Oddmund Bakke

Professor
University of Oslo
Department of Molecular Biosciences
Oslo, Norway
Board member 2005 – 2011

Giovanna Bergamini

Director
Cellzome AG
Heidelberg, Germany
Board member 2003 – 2005

 

Alessia Buscaino

Group Leader
University of Kent
School of Biosciences
UK
Board member 2016-2019

 

Colin Dingwall

Professor of Biochemistry
King’s College London
School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Pharmaceutical Science Research Division
London, UK
Board member 2003 – 2011

Freddy Frischknecht

Professor
Heidelberg University Hospital
Department of Infectious Diseases, Parasitology
Heidelberg, Germany
Board member 2005 – 2011

Gareth Griffiths, former Chair

Professor
University of Oslo
Department of Biosciences
Oslo, Norway
Board member 2011-2019

Sabine Hentze

MD
Praxis Prof. Dr. F. Raue PD, Dr. K. Frank-Raue
Endocrinology, Human Genetics
Heidelberg, Germany
Board member 2003 – 2005

Des Higgins

Professor of Bioinformatics
Conway Institute
University College Dublin
Belfield, Ireland
Board member 2011-2019

 

Bernard Hoflack

Professor
Technical University of Dresden
BIOTEC
Dresden, Germany
Board member 2005 – 2011

Tony Hyman

Director
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Dresden, Germany
Board member 2005 – 2008

 

Fotis C. Kafatos

Deceased
Board member 2005 – 2008

 

 

Claudia Koch-Brandt

Professor
Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
Fachbereich Chemie und Pharmazie
Institut für Biochemie
Mainz, Germany
Board member 2005 – 2011

Anastasios Koutsos

Senior Account Manager
Ogilvy HealthPR
London, UK
Board member 2008 – 2011

 

Angus Lamond, former Chair

Professor of Biochemistry
University of Dundee
Gene Regulation and Expression, College of Life Sciences
Dundee, UK
Board member 2002 – 2008

Mervi Lampinen

Director IT, One IT Country Lead Germany
MSD Sharp & Dohme GmbH
Haar
Germany
Board member 2016-2019   

Roberto di Lauro, former Vice Chair

Scientific Attaché
Italian Embassy
London, UK
Board member 2016-2019

 

Daniel Louvard

Research Director
Institut Curie
Paris Cedex 05, France
Board member 2003 – 2008

 

 

Marja Makarow, former Vice-Chair

Professor, Director
Biocenter Finland
P.O. Box 63 (Haartaminkatu 8)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
email
Board member 2011-2015 

Oscar Martin-Almendral, former Treasurer

University of Heidelberg
Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik
Heidelberg, Germany
Board member 2008-2013

Jacqueline Mermoud, former Vice Chair

Group Leader
Institute for Molecular Biology and Tumor Research
Phillips University Marburg
Marburg, Germany
Board member 2011-2019

 

Richard Morris

Research Project Leader
John Innes Centre
Norwich Research Park, Colney
Norwich, UK
Board member 2005 – 2008

Preben Morth

Assistant Professor
Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM)
Membrane Transport Group
Nordic EMBL Partnership
University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway
Board member 2011-2015

Joep Muijrers

Chief Financial Officer
PureTech Health
USA
Board member 2011-2019

 

Konrad Müller

Deceased
Board member 2003 – 2008

 

 

Noreen Murray

Deceased
Board member 2003 – 2005

 

 

 

Cedric Notredame

Group Leader
CRG – Center for Genomic Regulation
Comparative Bioinformatics Group
Barcelona, Spain
Board member 2008 – 2011

Giovanni Paolella

Professor of Biochemisty
University of Napoli “Federico II”
CEINGE
Naples, Italy
Board member 2005 – 2011

Annalisa Pastore

Professor
King´s College London
Division of Molecular Structure
National Institute for Medical Research
London, UK
Board member 2003 – 2011

Lennart Philipson

Deceased
Board member 2003 – 2005

 

Anastasia Politou

Associate Professor
University of Ioannina Medical School
Laboratory of Biological Chemistry
Ioannina, Greece
Board member 2008-2015

Niovi Santama, former Vice Chair

Associate Professor
University of Cyprus
Department of Biological Sciences
Nicosia, Cyprus
Board member since 2005

 

Sarah Sherwood

Head of Communications and External Relations
Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB)
Barcelona, Spain
Board member 2011-2019

Albert Stegmüller, former Treasurer

Deceased
Board member 2002 – 2008

 

Renata Stripecke

Professor
Medical School Hannover
Hannover, Germany
Board member 2003 – 2008

 

 

Giulio Superti-Furga, former Chair

Director
Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM)
Vienna, Austria
Board member 2008-2015

Juan Valcarcel

ICREA Research Professor
Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
Barcelona, Spain
Board member 2003 – 2008

 

María del Mar Vivanco, former Vice-Chair

Group Leader
CIC BIOGUNE
Cell Biology & Stem Cells Unit
Derio (Bizkaia), Spain
Board member 2008-2015

Maj Britt Vorgrimmler

Freelance photographer
Mbhstudios
Freiburg-Munzingen, Germany
Board member 2011-2015

Marino Zerial

Group Leader and Director
Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Dresden, Germany
Board member 2003

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