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In an article published in Science, Dr. Danhua Jiang, a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Frederic Berger, puzzles out the molecular mechanism that leads to the faithful transmission of the epigentic mark H3K27me3.


It was announced today that Frederic Berger was elected as a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation. Along with two other members from the VBC, 65 researchers were elected to EMBO membership this year. “Election to the EMBO Membership is recognition of research excellence, and I am pleased to welcome so many great scientists to our organisation,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin.


Dr. Claude Becker, a junior group leader at the GMI, has received a €1.5M ERC Starting Grant for his work on allelopathy, a process whereby plants release toxic compunds into the environment to slow the growth of competing plants. This grant, Function and Evolution of Attack and Response Strategies during Allelopathy in Plants (FEAR-SAP), aims to identify the molecular mechanisms underpinning this process, the genetic reasons plants are resistant or susceptible to certain chemicals, and the effect of the microbiome on this process.


Dr. Yasin Dagdas has received the 2018 Biochemical Society Early Career Research Award for Cells. Biochemical Society Early Career Research Awards are given biannually in different fields and highlight outstanding work by scientists in the early stages of their career. Professor Colin Bingle, Acting Chair of the Awards Committee, said: “The Biochemical Society Awards are the perfect way to honour exceptional scientists within the bioscience community. As ever, the entry criteria are tough and the standards high and the awards are a real tribute to the talent within our community."




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