Eight HFSP alumni elected to the Royal Society

Alumni news: Congratulations to the new Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society. We are especially pleased at the recognition given to the following HFSP alumni.


Tony Kouzarides is Royal Society Napier Professor, The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge. He received an HFSP Research Grant in 1998 on "RNA polymerase transcription factor TFIID: roles in transcriptional regulation, messenger RNA processing and cell cycle control" with Irvin Davidson (IGBMC, Illkirch, France), Michael Meisterernst (GSF, Munich, Germany), Peter Anthony Weil (Vanderbilt University, Nashville (USA) and Marc Timmers (University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands).

Andrew Millar is Professor of Systems Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh. He coordinated a 1999 HFSP Research Grant on "Temporal and spatial regulation of phytochrome in the control of plant gene expression" with Eberhard Schaefer (Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany) and Ference Nagy (Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary).

Margaret Robinson is Professor of Molecular Cell Biology, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, University of Cambridge. She participated in a 1995 HFSP Research Grant on  "Membrane traffic mediated by alternative coat proteins" coordinated by the late Tomas Kreis (Geneva, Switzerland), with Randy Schekman (University of California, Berkeley, USA) and Ira Mellman (Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, New Haven, USA).

Krishnaswamy Vijayraghavan is Director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India. He participated in a 1995 HFSP Research Grant on "A genetic and cellular analysis of synaptic function in Drosophila" with Michael Bate (University of Cambridge, UK) and Mani Ramaswami (University of Arizona, Tucson, USA). Vijay currently represents India as a member of the HFSPO Board of Trustees.

Stephen Withers is Khorana Professor of Biological Chemistry, Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of British Columbia. He participated in a 2001 HFSP Program Grant on "Molecular function of trypanosomal sialidases: recognition, hydrolysis and synthesis of sialoconjugates" with Pedro Alzari (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France) and Alberto Frasch (University of San Martin, Argentina).

Daniel Wolpert is Professor of Engineering, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. He has been involved in three HFSP Research Grants. In 1999 he coordinated a team investigating "Internal models for multiple tasks in sensorimotor control" involving Roger Lemon (Institute of Neurology, London, UK), Randy Flanagan (Queens University, Kingston, Canada), Mitsuo Kawato ( ATR Institute International, Kyoto, Japan), John Kalaska (University of Montreal, Canada) and Shigeru Kitazawa (National Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, Tsukuba, Japan). In 2003 he participated in a grant on "Controlling the statistics of action: noise and uncertainty in sensorimotor control" coordinated by Randy Flanagan (Queens University, Kingston, Canada) with Reza Shadmehr (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA) and Shigeru Kitazawa (National Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, Tsukuba, Japan). He currently has a grant on "Unifying decision making and motor control: the neurobiology of initiation, refinement and revision" with Michael Shadlen (University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, USA).

Foreign Members

Jack E. Dixon is Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Pharmacology, Cell & Molecular Medicine, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego. He participated in a 2007 HFSP Program Grant on "Biodiversity and principle of the voltage sensor domain" with Yasushi Okamura (Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan), Gunnar Von Heijne (Stockholm University, Sweden) and Declan Doyle (University of Oxford, UK).

Denis Duboule is Professor of Biology, University of Geneva and Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne. He has participated in two HFSP Research Grants. The first, in 1991 was on "Roles and molecular mechanisms of action of retinoids in mammalian morphogenesis" with Pierre Chambon (IGBMC, Illkirch, France) and Gillian Mary Morriss-Kay (University of Oxford, UK). The second, in 1994, was on "Functional analysis of homeotic genes in Drosophila and in vertebrates" with Gines Morata Perez (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain), Juan Botas (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA) and Richard Mann (Columbia University, New York, USA).