Anne Grapin-Botton and Meritxell Huch elected as EMBO members

Recognition for outstanding achievements in the life sciences for two institute Directors.

Anne Grapin-Botton (left) © Katrin Boes / MPI-CBG, Meritxell Huch (right) © Sven Döring

The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) announced their newly elected members today. Amongst the 69 new EMBO Members and Associate Members are Anne Grapin-Botton and Meritxell Huch, both Directors at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany. Through this lifelong honour, new EMBO Members and Associate Members are recognized for their outstanding achievements in life sciences. The newly elected members and associate members reside in more than 20 countries. This year sees 60 members and nine associate members elected to the EMBO Membership, of which 35 are women (51%) and 34 are men (49%). EMBO will formally welcome the new members at the annual Members’ Meeting in Heidelberg between 25-27 October 2023.


Fiona Watt, EMBO Director said: “These remarkable scientists have unravelled molecular secrets of life, deepened our understanding of health and disease, and are paving the way for further discoveries and innovations. Their achievements reinforce the critical role that life science research plays in the lives of citizens across Europe and the world.”

“I am delighted to join this prestigious organization and am excited to contribute to EMBO’s goal to further strengthen European science,” says Anne Grapin Botton.

“It is such an honour to have been elected EMBO member. I look forward to collaborate with this incredible group of scientists from across Europe and around the world” says Meritxell Huch.

With their EMBO memberships, Anne Grapin-Botton and Meritxell Huch join more than 2,000 of the best researchers in Europe and around the world. They take their place alongside 91 Nobel laureates who have been elected EMBO Members.Through their involvement, members help to shape the direction of life sciences, foster the careers of young researchers, and strengthen the research communities in Europe and beyond.

EMBO is an international organization of life scientists. The major goals 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. EMBO directs funding from its member states towards research fellowships, courses, workshops, conferences, and science policy initiatives, and also has a stable of prestigious journals. The organisation’s administrative headquarters are in Heidelberg, Germany.

EMBO Press release