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The Human Frontier Science Program selects new heads of start-up laboratories

The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) has selected eight of its fellowship holders to receive the highly sought after Career Development Award (CDA). Following a rigorous selection process in a global competition, these young scientists will receive the CDA as a seed grant to jump start their first independent laboratory.

The HFSP Career Development Award (CDA) is worth $300,000 spread over three years and supports the research in the awardees first research laboratory. Not surprisingly, this HFSP award is in high demand within the community of HFSP postdoctoral fellows, many of whom aspire to carry out scientific work in their own laboratory.

The CDA is a special feature of the HFSP fellowship programs because it offers HFSP postdoctoral fellows the possibility to return to their home countries or to move to another HFSP member country after their research abroad. "The postdoc-investigator transition is the most critical step along the academic career trajectory. The CDA therefore fulfills an important role in helping the next generation of leaders in the life sciences to get their work going and establish a reputation for themselves", says Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, Secretary General of HFSP, in highlighting the Program's goal to support the new leaders in the life sciences.

The eight winners of the 2013 HFSP Career Development Award, their research institutions and research programs, are:

Pedro Beltrao (Nationality: Portugal)
European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, UK
Function and evolution of post-translational regulatory networks

Kerstin Gari (Germany)
Institute of Molecular Cancer Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Iron-sulphur clusters in DNA replication and repair

Sebastian Hsler (Germany)
Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders, Leuven, Belgium
Neural mechanisms for novelty processing

Shalev Itzkovitz (Israel)
Weizman Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Stochastic gene expression in the differentiation of mouse intestinal stem cells

Pablo Manavella (Argentina/Italy)
Instituto de Agrobiotecnologia del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina
Discovering the molecular mechanisms regulating microRNAs biogenesis and activity

Patrick Mller (Germany)
MPI for Developmental Biology, Tbingen, Germany
Systems biology of scale-invariant patterning during vertebrate development

Alex Sigal (Canada/Israel)
MPI for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany
Using probability theory to understand the formation of a reservoir of drug insensitive infection

Ofer Yizhar (Israel)
Weizman Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Regulation of the neocortical excitation/inhibition balance along multiple timescales


Contact: Rosalyn Huie
Human Frontier Science Program

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