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Clemens Plaschka elected to ÖAW Young Academy

15 Apr 2024

IMP Group Leader Clemens Plaschka has been elected as a new member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ (ÖAW) Young Academy.

The Young Academy has up to 70 members who are elected for a maximum duration of eight years and must be below 45 years of age. Its aim is to provide a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration to promote innovative research. The Young Academy actively cultivates a supportive and stimulating environment for its members, aiming to propel their careers to the forefront of international research excellence.

Plaschka conducted his doctoral studies at the University of Munich and Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, where he joined the lab of Patrick Cramer to study the structural basis of gene activation. He then became a postdoctoral researcher with Kiyoshi Nagai at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge, one of the leading centres for cryo-EM development. There, he contributed to the mechanistic understanding of RNA processing by a large molecular machine, called the spliceosome. Plaschka joined the IMP in Vienna as a Group Leader in 2018, where he pursues research on the molecular mechanisms of gene expression. Among other recognitions, his work has received support through an ERC Starting Grant.

Learn more about Clemens Plaschka’s research in the IMP Mini Lecture below:

Video: Clemens Plaschka on mRNA processing and regulation

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