Ben Engel joins EMBO Network as Young Investigator

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We congratulate Pioneer Principal Investigator Ben Engel for being selected as an EMBO Young Investigator. This prestigious program brings financial and practical support, plus tremendous networking opportunities for the entire lab.


HPC PI Ben Engel has been selected for the 2021 class of EMBO Young Investigators. He will join the EMBO Young Investigator network of future leading life scientists with around 70 current and 380 former members of the program. Through his membership, Ben Engel will not only receive some financial support for his scientific work, but more importantly, he and the members of his laboratory will benefit from mentoring programs, training and courses offered through EMBO, as well as access to the EMBL Core Facilities, known for forefront technologies and equipment.

EMBO, the European Molecular Biology Organization, promotes through the EMBO Young Investigator Program outstanding junior researchers in all of the life sciences. EMBO Young Investigators are group leaders establishing their independent lab and research program. Central to the four year EMBO Young Investigator Program is the network aspect, encouraging regular meetings of this community, enabling interdisciplinary collaborations and lab visits. Unlike many other such programs, EMBO extends access to its training and networking activities to lab members (students and postdocs of its EMBO Young Investigators).  

Ben´s research profile

Ben Engel joined the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus as in independent PI in 2019. His group explores the relationship between the form of cellular organelles and the function of their resident macromolecules. To investigate these questions, Ben’s lab uses cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) to directly visualize macromolecules “in situ”, within the native cellular environment. You can learn more about this work on the Engel lab website.

EMBO is an organization of more than 1800 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond. The main objectives of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, to promote the exchange of scientific information and to create a research environment in which scientists can do their best work.

The Helmholtz Pi­o­neer Cam­pus is an innovation campus with a startup culture at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. HPC stands for the intelligent fusion of biomedical sciences, engineering and digitization. Teams of top scientific talents from all over the world work together on the development of novel solutions that makes a difference in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. HPC aspires the values of Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894), a physician and physicist, polymath and science pioneer.