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Ben Lehner, group leader of the Genetic Systems laboratory at the EMBL-CRG Systems Biology Programme, ICREA research profesor and AXA professor of risk prediction in age-related diseases, has been awarded EMBO Gold Medal 2016.
The EMBO Gold Medal, endowed with 10,000 Euro, is awarded annually to young scientists for outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe. By awarding the EMBO Gold Medal, EMBO wishes to acknowledge and highlight some of the remarkable achievements of young group leaders, who play a major role in building a strong research environment.
Ben Lehner received this award for his contributions to understanding the origins of phenotypic diversity in development and evolution. “Ben Lehner has impressed the award committee with a very broad research interest, ranging from the genetics of cancer, to evolution, circadian oscillations, and the dynamics of gene expression networks,” commented Maria Leptin, EMBO Director.
His research showed that phenotypic diversity can be explained not only by genetics and environmental conditions but also by stochastic variances in gene expression. He then explored other aspects on genotype-phenotype relations, which lead him to studies such as the one showing that genome regions with higher gene expression levels have lower mutation rates, which can be crucial for understanding how different cancers occur.