NEW YORK, June 29 (GenomeWeb News) - The European Molecular Biology Laboratory said today that it has chosen Iain Mattaj to serve as director-general following the departure of Fotis Kafatos, whose term ends next May.
Mattaj joined EMBL in 1985, and was appointed scientific director for the organization in 1999. His early research focused on assemblies of RNA and protein in the cell, and he characterized mechanisms of macromolecular transport between the nucleus and the cytoplasm.
EMBL elected Mattaj after an international search by a committee appointed by the EMBL Council, which represents the laboratory's 17 member states and five locations.
Mattaj will be EMBL's fourth director-general since the laboratory was founded in 1974.
"[T]he pace of progress in the life sciences is remarkable," Mattaj said in a statement. "The rate of change and the evolution of ideas within the laboratory need to match this pace, and I will have to ensure that they do. I look forward to this challenge."