16 June 2017

Professor Anja Groth elected Member of EMBO


Today the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) announced that 65 outstanding life scientists have been elected to its membership. One of these newly elected members is BRIC group leader and Professor Anja Groth. The selection is an international acknowledgment of her excellent research effort within chromatin replication and epigenetics.

Each year, new members are elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) based on their contributions to scientific excellence. These members join a group of more than 1700 of the best researchers in Europe and around the world, and the selection of BRIC group leader and Professor Anja Groth is a tribute to her research and achievements in the scientific community.

-  It is a great honour and recognition to be elected as a member of EMBO. I consider the election as a unique opportunity for me to contribute and inspire other researchers and to help promote scientific excellence in Europe, says Anja Groth.

Ground-breaking research

Professor Anja Groth has been a group leader at BRIC since 2008 where her group has performed ground-breaking research on how chromatin is replicated to ensure faithful transmission of both genetic and epigenetic information in dividing cells.

One of her group’s key achievements is the discovery of a molecular mechanism that reads so-called epigenetic information and boosts repair of lesions in our DNA. The knowledge can be used to develop new targeted cancer treatment in which “inhibitor molecules” can prevent cancer cells from repairing themselves. The researchers have also taken out a patent on the application of this discovery.

Read EMBO press release here.