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Dr hab. Sebastian Glatt amongst the newest members of EMBO

Dr hab. Sebastian Glatt amongst the newest members of EMBO

On the 60th anniversary of its foundation, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) has welcomed 100 new Members and 20 Associate Members in recognition for their accomplishments that cover the spectrum of life science research. One of them is Dr hab. Sebastian Glatt from the JU Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology.



To celebrate EMBO's 60th anniversary, EMBO Council invited the EMBO Membership to elect 100 new EMBO Members and 20 EMBO Associate Members this year. The newly elected Members and Associate Members reside in 37 countries/territories. The new EMBO Members are based in 24 Member States of the EMBC, the intergovernmental organisation that funds the main EMBO Programmes and activities. The 20 new Associate Members reside in 13 different countries/territories, including EMBO’s global cooperation partners. The first EMBO Members were elected in 1964 – that initial group of 169 life scientists has now grown into a community of more than 2,100 EMBO Members and Associate Members. 92 Nobel laureates are amongst those who have previously been elected to the EMBO Membership.

Apart from Dr hab. Sebastian Glatt, EMBO was also joined by Prof. Ewelina Knapska from the Marceli Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Consequently, the number of Poles in the organisationhas increased to 19. Other Polish researchers counted amongst the members of the organisation include (in alphabetical order): Prof. Janusz M. Bujnicki, Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska, Prof. Andrzej Dziembowski, Prof. Artur Jarmołowski, Prof. Mariusz Jaskólski, Prof. Jacek Jaworski, Prof. Leszek Kaczmarek, Prof. Bożena Kamińska-Kaczmarek, Prof. Magda Konarska, Prof. Andrzej Legocki, Prof. Krzysztof Liberek, Prof. Marta Miączyńska, Prof. Marcin Nowotny, Prof. Jacek Otlewski, Prof. Magdalena Rakowska-Boguta, Prof. Zofia Szweykowska-Kulińska and Prof. Maciej Żylicz.

EMBO Members guide the execution of the EMBO Programmes and activities, for example by evaluating funding applications, serving on EMBO Council and committees, and contributing to initiatives such as training, policy, outreach and mentorship. New members are nominated and elected by the existing EMBO Membership.

Some of the accomplishments of the newest EMBO members include work that has advanced understanding of how infectious disease spreads, the intricacies of ocean nutrient cycles, the mysteries of cellular signalling networks, the secrets of how plants survive in desert environments, and the links between the biology of our brains and our emotions.

EMBO will formally welcome the new members at a meeting of the EMBO community between 29 October and 1 November 2024 in Heidelberg, Germany. An online directory listing all EMBO Members and Associate Members, their affiliations, and subject areas is available here.


Sebastian Glatt studied at the University of Vienna and did his PhD in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2008, he joined the SCB unit at EMBL Heidelberg as a postdoc. There he transformed from a pure cell biologist into a protein biochemist, crystallographer, and electron microscopist. Since September 2015, he leads his own independent Max Planck Research Group at the MCB in Kraków. He established and maintained fruitful scientific collaborations with leading labs around the world. His work got published in the most prestigious scientific journals (e.g. Nature, Cell, Nature Structural Molecular Biology, EMBO Journal) and he has received several prestigious prize and grants. The list includes the ERC Consolidator grant 2020, the NCN Prize 2021 (LS), the EMBO Installation grant, the Kraków City Prize as well as several grants from FNP and NCN. He is not only leading an international research team, but he is also deputy director of science at MCB and head of the ‘National Cryo-EM facility’ at the SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Centre in Kraków.

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