August 8, 2022
Filippo Rijli elected to Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
Filippo M. Rijli, group leader at the FMI and Professor in Neurobiology at the University of Basel, has been elected Member of the Italian Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, one the world’s oldest and most prestigious scientific academies.
An Italian citizen, neurobiologist Filippo Rijli joined the FMI as a senior group leader in 2008. His research focuses on the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying the formation of the face, and on how neuronal circuits for face sensation are assembled in the developing brain. Currently, he is also interested in the molecular mechanisms of human cartilage regeneration. The findings of the Rijli group may have an important impact on the clinical interpretation of craniofacial malformations of the newborn and in regenerative medicine.
The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei was founded in 1603 by Federico Cesi and counted Galileo Galilei among its earliest members. Renowned members further include Louis Pasteur, Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi. The mission of of the Accademia is “to promote, coordinate, integrate and spread scientific knowledge in its highest expression, in the unity and universality of culture”. It is housed within the Palazzo Corsini in Rome and has long served as a scientific and cultural consultant to Italy’s President of the Republic.
“I’m extremely honored by this recognition of my scientific career,” says Rijli. “Despite having lived abroad for so many years, I still feel close to my country of origin – where I studied and where I first developed my love for science. I’m really touched to become a member of this prestigious Accademia.”
The induction ceremony for new members will be held in Rome on November 11, 2022.