UCL Division of Biosciences


EMBO elects Professor Roberto Mayor as new member

19 June 2019

On 11 June 2019, Roberto Mayor, Professor of Developmental and Cellular Neurobiology at UCL’s Division of Biosciences, was elected by The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) as a new member.


EMBO announced 56 life scientists have been elected to its membership, joining a group of more than 1800 of the best researchers in Europe and around the world. 

Professor Roberto Mayor is a Professor of Developmental and Cellular Neurobiology at UCL’s Division of Biosciences and was named International Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He is a member of the editorial board of Development and Developmental Biology and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Developmental Biology, Mechanisms of Development and BMC Developmental Biology. He was founder and president of the Latin American Society of Developmental Biology (LASDB). He works on cell migration and differentiation during embryo development using a multidisciplinary approach, which includes cell biology, embryology, biomechanics and computational modelling. 

“EMBO Members are excellent scientists who conduct research at the forefront of all life science disciplines, ranging from computational models or analyses of single molecules and cellular mechanics to the study of higher-order systems in development, cognitive neuroscience and evolution,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin.

EMBO Members actively participate in the execution of the organization’s initiatives by serving on Council, committees and editorial boards, by evaluating applications for EMBO funding, by mentoring young scientists and by providing suggestions and feedback on activities. 

The 48 new EMBO Members reside in 17 Member States of the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), EMBO’s intergovernmental funding body. The 8 new EMBO Associate Members are researchers currently working in Argentina, Australia, Japan, Singapore and the USA.

Ever since the very first EMBO Council, chaired by Max Perutz, was tasked with selecting and inviting the initial EMBO Members in 1963, new members are nominated and elected by the existing membership. This year, participation in the election process was especially high, with 65% of the eligible existing EMBO Members taking part.

EMBO will formally welcome its new Members and Associate Members at the annual Members’ Meeting in Heidelberg between 29 and 31 October 2019.

An online directory listing all EMBO Members, their affiliations and areas of expertise is available at people.embo.org.
Selected statistics:

  • 48 Members and 8 Associate Members were elected
  • newly elected Members reside in 22 countries
  • 24 new EMBO members (42.9%) are women 

About EMBO

EMBO is an organization of more than 1800 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond. 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 research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

EMBO helps young scientists to advance their research, promote their international reputations and ensure their mobility. Courses, workshops, conferences and scientific journals disseminate the latest research and offer training in techniques to maintain high standards of excellence in research practice. EMBO helps to shape science and research policy by seeking input and feedback from our community and by following closely the trends in science in Europe. For more information: www.embo.org

The primary aim of our research group is to elucidate the mechanism that underlies the development of the Neural Crest. We would like to know how Neural Crest cells acquire their identity within the ectoderm and how their migration and differentiation is controlled.