A researcher at NUI Galway has been given the lifetime honour of membership of the European Molecular Biology Organization, it was announced today.
Professor Brian McStay, who graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Genetics and from University of Edinburgh with a PhD, received the honour in recognition of his achievements in the life sciences.
After post-doctoral research in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, Professor McStay started his own research group in the University of Dundee, and since 2008, he has been a Professor in the Centre for Chromosome Biology at NUI Galway.
Speaking after today’s announcement, Professor McStay said that he is delighted that the work in his laboratory on the inner workings of the nucleolus in human cells has been recognised by his peers.
Professor Noel Lowndes, Director of the Centre for Chromosome Biology and also a member of the organisation, welcomed the Professor as NUI Galway’s second elected member of EMBO.
“Brian is now just one of seven others in Ireland who are members of the organisation,” hw said.
“Election to the membership of EMBO is the highest honour within European life sciences ranging from Bioinformatics to Zoology and I am delighted to welcome my Centre for Chromosome Biology colleague to the membership.”
EMBO Members actively participate in EMBO initiatives, by serving on EMBO Council and committees, mentoring young scientists, or supporting activities such as the promotion of sound science policy.
Members also guide and support the organisation in ensuring the highest quality in the selection of future members, postdoctoral fellows, and courses and workshops.
“The new Members have contributed to the success of research in the life sciences in Europe and around the world,” said EMBO Director Maria Leptin.
“As EMBO Members they can help to shape the future through EMBO’s work to support talented researchers, bring ideas together, and promote an international research environment conducive to excellent science.”