ERC Starting Grant for Julius Brennecke
June 30, 2010
IMBA Group Leader Julius Brennecke has been awarded one of the prestigious “Starting Independent Researcher Grants“ by the European Research Council ERC.
The grant is worth 1.5 Million Euro and will be paid out over a period of five years.
The funding will be used to set up a complex research project on RNA interference. The project dubbed „DROSOpiRNAs“ is aimed at understanding the mechanistics and biological impact of the piRNA pathway in the Drosophila germline. This pathway, which has only been discovered four years ago, acts as the key genome surveillance system that suppresses the activity of transposons. It is essential for the formation of germ cells in animals.
ERC grants are awarded to young, talented scientists who are about to set up an independent research group. Julius Brennecke is the fourth Group Leader at IMBA to receive an ERC grant. In a recent ranking that compares the success of Austrian institutions in acquiring ERC grants, IMBA comes second (after the University of Vienna).