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Karsenti, Éric
DE-EMBL ID-P-KAR01 · Person · 1948-09-10/

Eric Karsenti was born in Paris (FR). After growing up in Paris, he attended the University of Paris (becoming the University Paris-VII in 1971) between 1967 and 1972, receiving a degree in sciences. Between 1972 and 1979, he carried out doctoral research in immunocytochemistry at the Institut Pasteur. He was awarded a doctorate (thèse dÉtat) in 1979 for his thesis entitled "Le rôle de la membrane plasmique et du cytosquelette dans la stimulation des lymphocytes par la Concanavaline A: recherche d'interactions entre le cytosquelette, la membrane plasmique et le génôme." In 1976, he had been recruited by the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique). Between 1979 and 1981, he worked at the Institut Pasteur as a researcher in cell and molecular biology, before taking up a postdoctoral position at the University of California, San Francisco (1981-1984). He then worked at the CNRS Centre for Experimental Cytology (Centre de cytologie expérimentale) in Paris (1984-1985) before moving to EMBL in Heidelberg in 1985.

Working in the Cell Biology Programme, Karsenti’s group researched the microtubules’ organization during the cell cycle. From 1994 to 1997, jointly with Christian Boulin, he is the programme coordinator for the Physical Instrumentation/Cell Biophysics Programme (then the Cell Biophysics Programme from 1995 to 1997). In 1998, the Cell Biophysics Programme became the Cell Biology and Biophysics Programme, and Karsenti became its programme coordinator until 2009. (In 2009, he shared this position with Jan Ellenberg.) In 2010, he became a Senior Scientist at EMBL and in 2014, Karsenti became a Visiting Scientist at EMBL.

During his time at EMBL, Karsenti’s research continued to focus on the organization of the cell during its cycle.

Between 2000 and 2003, he was also the director of the Institut Jacques Monod in Paris.

In 2009, Karsenti began working on Tara Oceans, a scientific expedition seeking to understand the key role and place of marine microorganisms in global ecosystems. Between 2009 and 2013, the expedition sailed the global ocean to gather specimens from more than 210 stations.

He was elected to EMBO in 1993, and in 2015, he was awarded the CNRS Gold Medal (Médaille d’Or du CNRS).

Mattaj, Iain William
DE-EMBL ID-P-MAT01 · Person · 1952-10-05/

Mattaj was born in St Andrews, Scotland, GB in 1952.

Nicholas Goldman
DE-EMBL ID-P-GOL01 · Person · 1964/

Between 1983 and 1986, Goldman attended the University of Cambridge where he obtained a BA (Hons.) in Mathematics. He joined EMBL-EBI in 2002 as a Group Leader. His research focuses on the development of data analysis methods for the study of molecular sequence evolution and for the exploitation of evolutionary information to draw powerful and robust inferences about phylogenetic history and genomic function.

O'Donovan, Claire
DE-EMBL ID-P-ODO01 · Person

O'Donovan is a specialist of biocuration. She joined the EMBL Data Library in 1993, following a BSc (Hons) degree in biochemistry and a diploma in computer science from the University College Cork, Ireland. In 1994, she moved to the new EMBL site, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in Hinxton, GB. In 2019, she is reponsible for the Metabolomics Team: her team is responsible for the MetaboLights database ( O'Donovan was also responsible for the Protein Function Content team and the biocuration of the Universal Protein Resource (UniProt) databases. These include UniProt (, the Gene Ontology Annotation project ( and the Enzyme Portal (