Maya Schuldiner appointed member of the Leopoldina

The Principal Investigator for Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute joines the dignified National Academie of Science in Germany as one of fifteen distinguished Israeli scientists

Professor Maya Schuldiner has recently been appointed member of the Leopoldina, the National Academy of Sciences in Germany. She is joining fourteen other Israeli members being the second Israeli female researcher as well. Along with an illustrious circle of Nobelprize winners Aaron Ciechanover and Ada Yonath, former Persident of the Weizmann Institute Michael Sela and many more Israeli scientists with significant roles in the international scientific community she will serve as science-based advicer. With Itamar Willner, Itamar Procaccia and Joshua Jortner two recent Directors and one former Director of Minerva Centers are amongst those members of the Leopoldina as well.

Long lasting research funding by the Minerva Stiftung

Currently she holds the Dr. Omenn and Martha Darling Professorial Chair in Molecular Genetics at the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Her successful research work in the field of cell biology at her Lab is payed with tribute by various research funding from the Minerva Stiftung: She achieved a Minerva Weizmann Grant from 2013 to 2015 and currently another one up until 2020. Furthermore, from 2009 to 2012 she received a Heineman Grant, which is being funded by the Minna-James-Heineman-Sitftung and administered by the Minerva Stiftung.

About Maya Schuldiner

Schuldiner is an Israeli-born scientist who graduated in Genetics at the Hebrew University in 2003. She conducted postdoctoral research in the Laboratory of Jonathan Weissman at the University of California in San Francisco from 2003 until 2008, when she joined the faculty of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. She has been a tenured associate professor since 2015 at the department of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Moreover, she is an editor for many science magazines and won many awards over the last years like the EMBO Gold Medal award in 2017 and the Jean Vance Award for breakthrough discoveries in the contact site field.

About the Minerva-Weizmann Programme

Initiated in 1959 by both German and Israeli scientists as the first scientific exchange ever after WWII the Minerva-Weizmann Programme can be seen as the remarkable programme which eventually led to the founding of the Minerva Stiftung. Today approximately eighty projects are supported with a total of € 3,580,000 annually. Project applications can be submitted by researchers from any Weizmann faculty in any scientific area to support basic research. Many of these undertakings are based on close cooperation with German scientists and serve frequently as springboards for new projects and partnerships.

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