The European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) announced 62 new members on 14 May 2018. Two of the newly appointed EMBO members, Kikuë Tachibana (IMBA) and Manuel Zimmer (IMP), are from the Vienna BioCenter. In total, 24 current or retired faculty of Vienna BioCenter are EMBO members.

About Kikuë Tachibana

Kikuë Tachibana, has pioneered mechanistic cell biology and studies of spatial chromatin organization in zygotes. She obtained a PhD with Ron Laskey in cell cycle and cancer research from the University of Cambridge. She continued her postdoctoral research in Kim Nasmyth’s lab in Oxford, where she developed an assay that pioneered the use of TEV protease technology in the mouse to study cohesin in female germ cells. Since November 2011 Kikuë Tachibana is a group leader at IMBA.

In 2013, she received an ERC Starting Grant for “Chromosome inheritance from mammalian oocytes to embryos”. In 2016, she was elected as EMBO YIP, one year later she received the prestigious Walther Flemming Medal and could secure a grant by the “the Herzfelder Family Foundation” endowed by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). In 2018, she received a prestigious HFSP program grant to pinpoint the mechanisms of reprogramming to totipotency.

About Manuel Zimmer

Manuel Zimmer addresses a fundamental question in neuroscience: how do neural circuits in the brain compute information to interpret the sensory world, make decisions and generate competent behaviours? Using a whole-brain imaging approach developed in his lab and the roundworm C. elegans as a model organism, Manuel Zimmer and his team can record the activity of all neurons of the animal, in real-time and with single cell resolution. This enables them to perform computer analyses of both, how the brain acts a whole as well as at the level of its individual neuronal units.

Zimmer has been a group leader at the IMP since 2010.The EMBO membership was announced almost exactly one year after Zimmer was selected HHMI-Wellcome International Research Scholar. Prior to his current position, Zimmer was a postdoc in the lab of Cori Bargmann at the University of San Francisco and the Rockefeller University in New York. For his PhD from the LMU Munich, he carried out research at EMBL in Heidelberg and the Max-Planck-Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried.

About EMBO

EMBO is an organization of more than 1800 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. The major 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 European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work. For more information: www.embo.org

An online directory with all existing and new EMBO Members is available at people.embo.org.


From left to right: Kikue Tachibana, Manuel Zimmer
Photos: © Michael Sazel/IMP