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AIAS Former Fellow Bjørn Panyella Pedersen selected EMBO Young Investigator

Bjørn Panyella Pedersen is one of 27 researchers who has been selected to join the Young Investigators Programme of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2019. For the coming four years, he will join this important network of young scientists.

Photo: Bjørn Panyella Pedersen in the lab. Credit: Lars Kruse, AU Photo.

Bjørn Panyella Pedersen was an AIAS-COFUND fellow from October 2014 to September 2017 and is now an Associate Professor at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University. In his research, Bjørn is fascinated by the question of how metabolites are transported across cellular membranes. Although these processes are fundamental for all life, the molecular mechanisms that drive these transport processes are far from understood. To gain insights into metabolite uptake mechanisms, he and his research group use structural biology as their main method to address research questions that he will now pursue with the support of the EMBO Young Investigators Programme (YIP). 

About the EMBO Young Investigator Programme

To be selected for the EMBO Young Investigator Programme is a distinction for young principal investigators who have demonstrated outstanding research potential. The EMBO Young Investigator Programme identifies recent group leaders with a proven record of scientific excellence and offers them access to a range of benefits during their four-year tenure. These include a funding award of 15,000 euros, with the potential for additional funding, access to training in leadership skills and responsible research practices, as well as networking opportunities. Additional benefits provided by the Programme include the use of core facilities at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, and travel grants for the Young Investigators and their research groups to attend conferences. 

The 27 newly appointed Young Investigators are joining a network of 129 current and 340 former "YIPs". For the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University, it is the fourth time that one of its group leaders has been chosen to join the exclusive group of young talents. 

More about Bjørn Panyella Pedersen's lab and work



About EMBO

The European Molecular Biology Organization is an organization of more than 1700 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences. The major goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a European research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.


Bjørn Panyella Pedersen, Associate Professor and AIAS Former Fellow
Phone: +45 2972 3499   

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Aarhus University