• Crick leaders selected as EMBO Young Investigators
  • Ben Schumann (Credit Michael Bowles)
  • Pontus Skoglund (Credit Michael Bowles)

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Crick leaders selected as EMBO Young Investigators

Jan 17 2022

Two of this year’s new European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Young Investigators places have been awarded to the Francis Crick Institute’s group leaders Ben Schumann and Pontus Skoglund.

A chemical biologist with an interest in the biology of glycans and lecturer at Imperial College London, Ben’s lab has been using synthetic precision tools to understand how particular carbohydrate molecules control processes in and on living cell. “I’m thrilled to be joining the EMBO young investigator programme and to be part of such a brilliant group of scientists from across Europe. It’s a wonderful recognition of my team’s work and I look forward to our group and our research benefitting from this valuable support.”

As an evolutionary geneticist, Pontus set up the ancient genomics laboratory at the Crick to study human evolution and its relevance to health. His team specialises in extraction and analysis of DNA and proteins from ancient skeletal materials, so that we can understand the people and animal populations of the past. “It’s an honour to be selected as an EMBO Young Investigator. EMBO is a brilliant organisation as these programmes are important to encourage international collaboration as well as support specific research endeavours in biomedicine. I’m grateful for the recognition, which reflects the effort of everyone in my lab." 

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