Warsaw professor elected EMBO member

Credit: International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology – Press Office
Credit: International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology – Press Office

Professor Jacek Jaworski, co-discoverer of the key role of mTOR in neuronal development, is among the 69 scientists elected members of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). This year, he is the only Pole to join a group of more than 2,000 of the best researchers in Europe and around the world.

The researcher is the head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw

The goal of the team led by Professor Jacek Jaworski is to understand the cellular mechanisms responsible for the development, stability and plasticity of neuronal morphology. This stability and plasticity is the physical scaffold for higher brain processes. In particular, their research focuses on the protein kinase mTOR. Understanding the role of mTOR in the above processes will likely shed light on the human diseases known as mTORopathies, which appear in brain tumours, epilepsy, and neuropsychiatric problems.

'These remarkable scientists have unravelled molecular secrets of life, deepened our understanding of health and disease, and are paving the way for further discoveries and innovations. Their achievements reinforce the critical role that life science research plays in the lives of citizens across Europe and the world,’ says EMBO Director Fiona Watt, quoted in a press release from the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology.

EMBO is an organization that promotes excellence in life sciences in Europe and beyond. The goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

There are 17 Poles among all the EMBO members. Five of them are currently working at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology: professors Janusz Bujnicki, Andrzej Dziembowski, Jacek Jaworski, Marta Miączyńska, Marcin Nowotny.

New members are nominated and elected by the existing EMBO Members. EMBO will formally welcome the new members at the annual Members' Meeting in Heidelberg, Germany, on 25-27 October 2023.

The complete list of the 69 new EMBO members 2023 is available at website. (PAP)

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