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16 May 2018

ERC Grantee wins EMBO Gold Medal

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced that the German biochemist Dr Melina Schuh won an 2018 EMBO Gold Medal today for her role as a young leader in the life sciences field, in particular in recognition of her ground-breaking work on the biology of mammalian eggs. She shares the award with another researcher: Marek Bassler. The EMBO Gold Medal is awarded annually and recognises outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe by independent group leaders who are under the age of 40. Each winner receives a bursary of 10,000 euros.

Dr Melina Schuh was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2013 for her work at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. The grant, worth 1.5 million euro, supports a five-year research project investigating chromosomal abnormalities in mammalian eggs. The project studies how fertilizable egg cells develop in mammals and how problems in this process can cause pregnancy loss, infertility, and birth defects such as Down syndrome.

For more information:

ERC - press release

Full EMBO press release and interview with Dr Melina Schuh

Photo: Dr. Melina Schuh, (c) Böttcher-Gajewski / Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

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