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EMBO announces new members for 2015

May 2015. EMBO has elected neurobiologist Amparo Acker-Palmer as one of its new members.  Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of guidance cues involved in the formation of nervous and vascular systems (more). This is the second excellent piece of news this month for Amparo Acker-Palmer who recently was also selected by the European Research Council for one of its ERC Advanced Grants (more).

EMBO is an organization of leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. "EMBO Members influence the future direction of science and help to strengthen research communities by encouraging interactions between countries," EMBO Director Maria Leptin remarked (EMBO press release). The major goals of EMBO are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

Amparo Acker-Palmer studied biology and biochemistry at the University of Valencia, where she obtained her PhD in 1996. Then she moved to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg to perform her postdoctoral work. In 2001, she moved to Martinsried, near Munich, to head an independent junior research group on signal transduction at the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology. In 2007, she moved to Frankfurt to take up a CEF professorship at the Goethe University. Since 2011 Acker-Palmer is Chair of the Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology Department at the Goethe University. She received a Gutenberg Research College (GRC) fellowship from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 2012, and she one of the leading scientists in the Rhine-Main Neuroscience Network (rmn2). In 2014, Acker-Palmer joined the Max Planck Society as Max Planck Fellow at the MPI for Brain Research in Frankfurt. Amparo Acker-Palmer is member of the Leopoldina German Academy of Natural Scientists and the Academia Europaea. She received the Paul Ehrlich Award for Young Scientists in 2010.


Amparo Acker-Palmer, Institute of Cellular Biology and Neuroscience, Buchmann Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, Campus Riedberg, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Tel.: +49 (0)69 798-42563, Acker-Palmer@bio.uni-frankfurt.de