Dr. Toni Gabaldón, has been elected to become an EMBO member. This year, 64 leading life scientists have been appointed new EMBO Members and Associate Members, joining a community of more than 1,800 leading life scientists.

“It’s an honour to be welcomed into this organisation, with such outstanding peers. I understand being an EMBO member as a commitment to contribute to the guidance and preservation of the integrity of research in biology,” says Dr. Gabaldón.

Dr. Gabaldón is a biochemist and molecular biologist, head of the Comparative Genomics lab at IRB Barcelona and BSC-CNS, and associate professor at the University Pompeu Fabra. His main research addresses the complex relationships between genome sequences and phenotypes and how these two features evolve within and across species. His research group uses large-scale phylogenetics and molecular evolution approaches that allow the evolution of genomes to be examined from the perspective of all of their genes, and applies these analyses to a variety of biological questions related to the evolution and function of biological communities, organisms, organelles, pathways, and families of protein-coding and non-coding genes.

Four of the new EMBO members elected this year, among them Dr. Gabaldón, are based in Spain – the other three are Dr. Miguel Del Pozo (CNIC), Dr. José Antonio Enríquez (CNIC/CIBERFES), and Dr. Elisa Marti (IBMB). The 64 newly elected members reside in 21 countries and 41% of them are women.

“I am delighted to welcome the new members into our organisation and look forward to working with them,” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin. “An election to the EMBO Membership recognises outstanding achievements in the life sciences. The new members will provide expertise and guidance that will help EMBO to further strengthen its initiatives.”