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Ada Yonath

In this interview, Ada Yonath from the Weizmann Institute of Science who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 talks about the development of her research on ribosomal crystallography. Especially her electron microscopy work together with Kevin Leonard and Sir John Kendrew is linked to the EMBL Heidelberg.

Jacques Dubochet

In this interview, Jacques Dubochet who won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry descibes his work as a group leader at EMBL Heidelberg. This interview contains Dubochet's description of the research environment in which he developed cryo-EM sample preparation and vitrification. Furthermore, the interview contains some information about Dubochet's early life and career as well as his assessment of the current state of science, especially with regard to genetic editing.

Petra Riedinger

In this interview, Petra Riedinger describes her work as a graphic designer for scientists at EMBL Heidelberg since 1976. Petra Riedinger also reflects the evolution of graphic designing she witnessed while working for EMBL. The interview contains verbal descriptions of some of the posters Petra Riedinger designed for EMBL.

Nelly van der Jagt

This is an interview with Nelly van der Jagt who worked as a secretary for EMBL from 1975 until 2014. In this interview, Nelly van der Jagt especially reflects her work with four different Directors General as well as changes concerning the general working conditions of the EMBL site in Heidelberg.

John Tooze

In this interview, John Tooze who was the Executive Secretary of EMBO from 1973 until 1994 reflects his work as a scientific coordinator at that time. He especially describes his perception of the foundation process of EMBL, the emergence of its institutional design and his introduction of the EMBO journal. Furthermore, he gives an assessment of the general challenges EMBL had and has to face.

Paul Nurse

This is an interview with Paul Nurse who had been a geneticist and cell biologist at EMBL, In this interview, Paul Nurse especially reflects the differences between scientific research at universities in general and at EMBL. Beyond that, Paul Nurse describes his impressions of the Directors General Lennart Philipson and Iain Mattaj.

Erich Honig

This is an interview with Erich Honig who was a group leader and the driver of the EMBL in Heidelberg since 1975 until he retired in 2008. In this interview, Honig describes how his job as a driver has developed since the time he started at EMBL. Furthermore, this interview mainly contains general impressions of Honig concerning the working environment at EMBL.

Angus Lamond

This is an interview with molecular biologist Angus Lamond. In this interview, Angus Lamond reflects his earlier career stations at the University of Glasgow and the ETH Zurich before coming to EMBL in 1986. He reflects the working environment at EMBL at that time as he perceived it and explains his scientific research of RNA-splicing to identify proteins using mass-spectrometry-based proteomics.

Philipp Keller

This is an interview with the physicist and the computer scientist Philipp Keller who has been a graduate student since 2005 and part of the labs of Ernst Stelzer, Jochen Wittbrodt and Michael Knop at EMBL and who completed his PhD at EMBL as well. In this interview, Philipp Keller especially explains how he was able to transfer his physical understanding of systems to research at EMBL, for example concerning his research on zebrafish embryo. Philipp Keller also describes the framework conditions at the EMBL in comparison with the Janelia Research Campus where he works since 2010.

Matthias Mann

This is an interview with the physicist and mathematician Matthias Mann who has been group leader at EMBL Heidelberg from 1992 to 1997. In this interview, Matthias Mann explains his research in the area of mass spectrometry and proteomics he was involved in at EMBL. This interview contains reflections of Matthias Mann concerning his relationship to other researchers at EMBL, his impression of the different Directors General Furthermore, you will find some information about Mann's current work in clinical contexts as well as some advice about assembling a research group and about computation in biology in general.

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