Council establishes the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), which gives advice to Council, in particular with regard to proposals from the Director General on the realisation of the programme of the Laboratory.

SAC is composed of distinguished scientists appointed in their own right, not as representatives of member states. Membership of the committee is drawn from scientists in a wide range of relevant fields of science in order to cover as far as possible both the field of molecular biology and other appropriate scientific disciplines. After due consultation with, in particular the EMBO Council and appropriate national institutions, the Director General and the Chair of EMBO Council propose to the Council a list of candidates which the Council considers in appointing the members of SAC.

2015 Membership

Kathryn Anderson, New York, United States (2015-2017)

Nenad Ban, Zurich, Switzerland (2013-2015, 2016-2018)

Naama Barkai, Rehovot, Israel (2011-2013, 2014-2016)

Denis Duboule, Lausanne, Switzerland (2011-2013, 2014-2016)

Roderic Guigo, Barcelona, Spain (2012-2014, 2015-2017)

Anthony Hyman, Dresden, Germany (2014-2016)

Reinhard Jahn, Göttingen, Germany (2010-2012, 2013-2015)* - Chair

Edda Klipp, Berlin, Germany (2015-2017)

Daniel Louvard, Paris, France (2012-2014, 2015-2017) - Vice Chair

Ron Milligan, La Jolla, United States (2012-2014, 2015-2017)

Tom Muir, Princeton, United States (2010-2012, 2013-2015)*

Andrea Musacchio, Dortmund, Germany (2011-2013, 2014-2016)

Stefano Piccolo, Padua, Italy (2014-2016)

Venki Ramakrishnan, Cambridge, United Kingdom (2013-2015)*

Aviv Regev, Cambridge, United States (2013-2015)*

Pernille Rørth, Copenhagen, Denmark (2013-2015)*

Michael Snyder, Stanford, United States (2011-2013, 2014-2016)

Alexander van Oudenaarden, Utrecht, The Netherlands (2013-2015, 2016-2018)

* Turning over 31 December 2015

New Members Starting 1 January 2016 

Susan Gasser, Basel, Switzerland (2016-2018)

Kai Johnsson, Lausanne, Switzerland (2016-2018)

Edward Marcotte, Austin, United States (2016-2018)

Paul Nurse, London, United Kingdom (2016-2018)

Fiona Watt, London, United Kingdom (2016-2018)

SAC Chairs and Vice Chairs

List of SAC Chairs and Vice Chairs 1977-2014

Rules Establishing the SAC





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