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EMBL Director General welcomes new EMBO Director

British cell biologist Fiona Watt has been appointed as the new Director of EMBO

A portrait image of Fiona Watt
British cell biologist Fiona Watt, who will become EMBO Director in early 2022. Credit: EMBO

EMBL Director General Edith Heard has warmly welcomed Fiona Watt, who will take the helm at EMBO, becoming its sixth director.

“I’m delighted that Fiona Watt has been appointed EMBO Director, and look forward to working closely with her in the future. This is a crucial moment for the life sciences in Europe and beyond, and the enthusiasm, skills, and experience that Fiona brings with her will be a great asset for EMBO.”

Fiona Watt is founding director of the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at King’s College London, UK, as well as the executive chair of the Medical Research Council. Her research interest is the role of stem cells in adult tissue maintenance and how this information can be harnessed for regenerative medicine. She has been a member of EMBL’s Scientific Advisory Committee since 2016.

The British cell biologist will succeed Maria Leptin, who was recently appointed as the next President of the European Research Council.

The EMBO Director is appointed by EMBO Council. As EMBO Director, Fiona Watt will further develop the programmes offered by EMBO to support life scientists in Europe and beyond.

She will take up her appointment in early 2022.


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