Edda Schulz honored with the EMBO Young Investigator award

Berlin research group leader among Europe's best life scientists

December 08, 2021

Biophysicist Edda Schulz from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPIMG) in Berlin has been accepted by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) into its Young Investigators Programme. Every year, the organization honors the most promising young researchers in Europe.

This year, EMBO selected 26 life scientists to the young investigator programme. They will join a network of 130 current members.

“I am delighted to receive the award and especially to become part of such an excellent network,” says Edda Schulz, group leader at the MPIMG. “The program is aimed at the best European colleagues from all fields of molecular biology, so I expect very inspiring interactions.”

The program

The EMBO Young Investigator Programme supports life scientists who have an excellent track record. As part of the programme, scientists benefit from a variety of networking and training opportunities and have access to core facilities at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany.

They also receive a financial award of 15,000 euros and can apply for additional grants of up to 10,000 euros per year. The young investigators are active members in the programme for four years.

Interdisciplinary Research

Edda Schulz’ work is interdisciplinary, and links theoretical and mathematical approaches with experimental biology. Her research could greatly benefit from interactions across multiple fields.

In her Lise Meitner research group “Systems Epigenetics”, the biophysicist investigates how cells combine information from different sources to make decisions during development. In particular, she is interested in the regulatory system for the inactivation of one of the two X chromosomes in female cells, which integrates various signals from the genome and the surroundings.

About Edda Schulz

After completing her doctorate as a biophysicist at the German Rheumatism Research Centre Berlin (DRFZ) and at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Edda Schulz won one of the prestigious long-term fellowships of the Human Frontiers Science Program in 2010 and joined Edith Heard's group at the Institut Curie in Paris as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2014, she established a Max Planck Research Group at the MPIMG, where she is currently heading a team of ten researchers. Most recently, Schulz was able to secure a Lise Meitner grant from the Max Planck Society and a Starting Grant by the European Research Commission (ERC).

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