Professor Mark Marsh is one of 46 life scientists recently elected to EMBO membership. Election to EMBO membership is recognition of the commitment to research excellence and the exceptional achievements made by a life scientist. Mark joins the ranks of 1500 of the best researchers in Europe and around the world. They are leaders in their research fields and communities. EMBO members apply their expertise and insight to select the many talented scientists EMBO support each year to do the best science. EMBO Members collectively influence the future directions of life science and strengthen research communities across Europe.