A*Star scientist selected to join elite European research group

A*Star scientist selected to join elite European research group
Dr Florent Ginhoux

A SINGAPORE scientist has been chosen to join an elite research network - the only one from Asia to be selected this year.

Dr Florent Ginhoux from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) was among the latest 23 researchers to be picked for the European Molecular Biology Organisation's Young Investigator programme.

The programme recognises outstanding researchers under 40 years old who are leading their first laboratories in Europe and "cooperation partner" countries - which Singapore has been since 2011.

Those in the programme get €15,000 (S$25,000) annually for three years, along with opportunities to network with one another. The scheme began in 2000.

Dr Ginhoux, a French citizen, joined A*Star's Singapore Immunology Network in 2009.

He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.

His research focuses on the origin and functions of dendritic cells. These are white blood cells which trigger immune responses.

Knowing more about them may help scientists develop new vaccines or treatment for infections and autoimmune diseases.

Dr Ginhoux said the award was testament to his research team's dedication.

"This achievement would not have been possible without them... as well as the research facilities in A*Star," he said.

More than 300 scientists have joined the young investigator programme. Last year, Dr Bruno Reversade, also from A*Star, was the first scientist outside of Europe to be chosen. 

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