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23 May 2016

News: CRAG researcher, Ana I. Caño-Delgado, elected as new member of the international organization EMBO

Dr. Ana Caño-Delgado
  • 58 scientists in the field of life sciences become part of this organization in recognition of their contributions to scientific excellence
  • Ana I. Caño-Delgado is the only Spanish female researcher elected in this edition

Bellaterra, May 23, 2016

 

The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), an organization created in 1964 with the aim to promote biological research excellence in Europe, has announced today the names of the 58 scientists who will add to the more than 1700 members of the organization. New EMBO Members are elected annually in recognition of their contributions to scientific excellence. As a matter of fact, 84 from the EMBO membership are distinguished as Nobel Laureates. Each year, approximately 50 scientists, who have excelled for their research and achievements are appointed as members. In Spain, the researcher of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) at the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG), Ana I. Caño-Delgado, has been the only female scientist elected in this edition.


Ana I. Caño-Delgado, who leads CRAG’s research group Brassinosteroid signaling in plant development, focuses her research on the molecular mechanisms by which vegetal steroid hormones control plant growth and development. Her latest discoveries, which combine experimental and computational techniques, have allowed understanding fundamental questions in biology such as the mechanisms controlling the hormone-mediated stem cell proliferation or the role of telomeres in aging. Recently, Ana Caño-Delgado has received a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), which will allow transferring these advances into benefits for the agriculture.


"It is a great honor and I am very happy about what it means for my country, especially in the midst of an economic crisis that curtails the progress of science," says Ana Caño-Delgado from the University of Florida, where she makes a sabbatical in Bioinformatics. "As a researcher female researcher and mother, I would like this to encourage other young researchers to fight with perseverance for achieving their career goals."


50 of the 58 new EMBO members reside in 13 different countries in Europe; eight Associate Members were elected from China, Japan, Lithuania, Singapore and the United States. Three of the new members investigate in centers at Madrid: Oscar Fernández-Capetillo and Marcos Malumbres, from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), and Roberto Solano, the National Center for Biotechnology (CNB). With these four new EMBO elected members, Spain currently has 77 EMBO members, four of them at CRAG. Earlier this month, the general director of the EMBO sister organization, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), announced that Barcelona will host the new EMBL site, which will represent a major boost to biological research excellence for the country.

 

EMBO press release here

 

For more information:

Communication Department

Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB

+34 93 563 66 00 Ext 3033

email: zoila.babotatcragenomica.es

 

Researcher’s contact:

email: ana.canoatcragenomica.es