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Immunologist Dr. Michael Sieweke Elected EMBO Member

07.05.2014 - (idw) Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin (MDC) Berlin-Buch

Immunologist Dr. Michael Sieweke has been elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). He is head of a German-French research group at the Centre d`Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (CIML/INSERM/CNRS)* and since autumn 2012 has also been a group leader at the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) Berlin-Buch, Germany as part of the German-French Helmholtz-INSERM cooperation initiative. Dr. Sieweke is one of 106 scientists, among them 21 female scientists, from 17 different countries who were elected to become EMBO members this year. EMBO, founded 50 years ago elects new members every year in recognition of excellent research. EMBO currently has more than 1600 members. Dr. Siewekes research focuses on stem cells and the immune system. Only recently his group showed that hematopoietic stem cells do not merely ensure the continuous renewal of our blood cells; in emergencies they are capable of producing white blood cells on demand that help the body deal with inflammation or infection. This discovery could be used to protect against infections in patients undergoing bone marrow transplants, while their immune system reconstitutes itself.

Dr. Sieweke studied Biochemistry in Tübingen, Germany and at the University of California in Berkeley, USA, and completed his postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) at the University of Heidelberg, Germany in 1999. He worked at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg and since 1999 has been a researcher in Marseille. He has received numerous prestigious fellowships.

Including Dr. Sieweke, nine scientists from the MDC are members of EMBO: Professor Carmen Birchmeier, Professor Walter Birchmeier, Professor Thomas Jentsch (also Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie, FMP), Professor Achim Leutz, Professor Gary Lewin, Professor Klaus Rajewsky, Professor Nikolaus Rajewsky and Professor Thomas Sommer.

Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM)
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

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