Ruth Lehmann, Skirball Institute and Kimmel Stem Cell Center Director, Elected to EMBO

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 10:12pm

Ruth Lehmann, PhD, the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor of Cell Biology, director of both the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine and the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Center for Stem Cell Biology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has been elected an associate member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). 

EMBO, which is an honorary organization of leading life scientists predominantly in Europe, makes annual awards of associate membership to a small number of leading scientists outside Europe. Associate membership is intended to highlight the importance of interacting with scientists on an international scale.

Dr. Lehmann, also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, is one of 55 new members elected to EMBO this year. The organization supports talented researchers so that they can go on to do great science with the creativity and passion to answer the unanswered. EMBO fosters new generations of researchers to produce world-class scientific results and provides platforms for scientific exchange and training in cutting-edge technologies so that the high standards of excellence in research practice are maintained.


“Ruth is a tireless researcher who discovered her passion for basic science early on and has devoted her career to unravelling the mysteries surrounding germ cells,” said Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, senior vice president and vice dean for science and chief scientific officer. “ She epitomizes the School of Medicine’s dedication to advancing the boundaries of scientific knowledge through unconventional problem solving and creative thinking. Working with Ruth is an honor and a privilege, and we are thrilled to learn of her election to EMBO.”


Dr. Lehmann’s research interest is rooted in determining how germ cells are produced, how they find their way into the gonads, and how they maintain their identity in adult organisms.The survival of a species depends on its germ cells, which are set aside in the embryo and make eggs or sperm later in life. Working in Drosophila, commonly known as “fruit flies,” Dr. Lehmann has made many seminal discoveries in the field of developmental and stem cell biology.