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October 14, 2014

FMI postdocs honored for outstanding achievements

Jan Gründemann, a postdoctoral fellow in Andreas Lüthi’s group, has been awarded a grant under the highly competitive SNSF Ambizione scheme. The grant allows him to gain independent research experience at the FMI. At this year’s meeting of the Basel Stem Cell Network, Shihori Yokobayashi, a former postdoc in Antoine Peters’ group, has received the Bruno Speck Award 2014. The award honors her contribution to a better understanding of the mechanisms regulating stem-ness and cell fate determination.

Jan Gründemann has been awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione grant. The grant will allow him to conduct an independent research project as part of Andreas Lüthi’s group – an important step for young scientists at the beginning of their careers. In this year’s call for proposals, he competed against more than 290 other applications from the best of the next generation of talents around the world. He joins fellow FMI Ambizione recipients Jacek Krol and Johannes Letzkus.

At this year’s meeting of the Basel Stem Cell Network, Shihori Yokobayashi, a former postdoc in Antoine Peters’ group, received the Bruno Speck Award 2014. The award recognizes her contribution to the identification of a novel mechanism in early germ cell development. In a study published in Nature, she showed how the chromatin modulator PRC1 coordinates the timing of sexual differentiation of germ cells during embryonic development. Her findings enhance our understanding of the mechanisms regulating stem-ness and cell fate determination. Currently, Shihori Yokobayashi is at the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application at Kyoto University in Japan.

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