Iain Mattaj#


Iain Mattaj
Email:Iain.mattaj 'at' htechnopole.it
Membership Number:1898
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:ITALY
Section:BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Username:imattaj
Elected:1999
Homepage: http://www.embl.de/aboutus/general_information/leadership/dg



Present and Previous Positions
  • 2019 First Director of the Human Technopole Foundation
  • 2005 - 2018 Director General, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
  • 1999 - 2005 Scientific Director, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
  • 1990 - 2005 Programme Coordinator, Gene Expression Programme (EMBL)
  • 1985 - 1990 Group Leader at EMBL
  • 1982 - 1985 Postdoctoral Research at the Biocenter, University of Basel with Dr. Eddy De Robertis
  • 1979 - 1982 Postdoctoral research at the Friedrich-Miescher-Institute, Basel, with Dr. Jean-Pierre Jost
  • 1978 - 1979 Postdoctoral research at the University of Leeds, Dept. of Genetics, England
  • 1974 - 1978 Postgraduate studies at the University of Leeds, Dept. of Genetics, England with Dr. John Wootton
  • 1970 - 1974 Undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Fields of Scholarship
  • Group of ribonucle oprotein particles (RNP) that function in the processing of messenger RNA precursors
  • Aspects of the regulation of processes that occur during cell division

Honours and Awards
  • 1989 Elected member of EMBO
  • 1990 Awarded the FEBS Anniversary Prize
  • 1998 - 2001 President-Elect and President of the RNA Society
  • 1999 Elected member of Academia Europeae
  • 1999 Elected “Fellow of the Royal Society, FRS”
  • 2000 Elected “Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, FRSE”
  • 2001 Awarded the Caledonian Research Foundation/RSE prize lectureship
  • 2001 Awarded the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine
  • 2001 Awarded Honorary Membership of the Japanese Biochemical Society on presentation of the “President’s Symposium Plenary Lecture”
  • 2001 Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2002 Appointed Trustee of the Darwin Trust, a charitable trust dedicated to supporting young scientists from developing countries
  • 2003 Appointed as a Curator of the Lautenschläger Research Prize
  • 2005 Elected member of the “Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina”
  • 2005 Delivered the “Severo Ochoa Commemorative Lecture” marking the centenary of Ochoa’s birth in Madrid
  • 2006 Appointed member of the Life Sciences Search Committee for the Körber Prize
  • 2006 Appointed member of the Search Committee for the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine
  • 2006 Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Bio-Sciences of the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2010 Honorary Doctorate, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 2010 Recipient of the Science and Society Award of the Italian Chemical Society
  • 2012 Recipient of the Feldberg Foundation Prize, Germany/UK
  • 2012 Honorary Doctorate, University of Dundee, UK
  • 2013 Honorary Doctorate, Umea University, Sweden
  • 2016 Elected “Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, FMedSci”
  • 2017 Elected “Foreign Associate of National Academy of Sciences”
  • 2017 Visiting Professor, University Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  • 2017 - present Chair of the Board of Trustees, Darwin Trust


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