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May 14, 2018

EMBO Membership for Alex Schier

Prof. Alex Schier, Director of the Biozentrum, University of Basel, and currently still research group leader at Harvard University in Cambridge, has been elected as new member of the prestigious European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). With this lifelong membership, EMBO recognizes outstanding research achievements and the commitment to scientific excellence.

Newly elected EMBO member: Prof. Alex Schier.

As EMBO announced on May 14, 2018, Prof. Alex Schier is now a newly elected EMBO member. Including Alex Schier a total of 26 scientists have been recognized for their achievements with an EMBO Membership since the foundation of the Biozentrum. This year, a total of 62 new EMBO Members from 24 countries were elected. Amongst the new members are 5 Swiss scientists. “EMBO Members are leading scientists working across all of the life sciences. They also strengthen the research community in Europe and beyond through their international collaborations and connections,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin. The new EMBO Members will be formally welcomed at the Members’ Meeting in Heidelberg between 24 and 26 October 2018.

EMBO member Alex Schier

Alex Schier has been Director of the Biozentrum since February 1, 2018, and currently still research group leader at Harvard University in Cambridge, USA. Before he headed the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. He has received several academic awards, among them the Merit Award and the Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health. He is also known as one of the leading scientists researching vertebrate development and behavior. His lab made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the molecular basis of vertebrate embryogenesis. In addition to developmental biology, Schier also investigates the mechanisms of sleep and other behaviors.


The European research network EMBO was founded in 1964 with the goal of furthering biological sciences in Europe. Each year, EMBO elects new members on the basis of their outstanding scientific achievements and supports the career of the researchers. Today EMBO has 1700 members.

Contact: Communications, Heike Sacher