Following an open call seeking outstanding candidates, Eivind Valen, a group leader at the Computational Biology Unit, was appointed as an Associate Investigator at the Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM – med.uio.no/ncmm). The vision of NCMM is to improve the molecular understanding of health and disease to facilitate improved medical practice and patient outcomes. Candidates for Associate Investigators are chosen on the basis of their scientific excellence, compatibility with the NCMM mission, translational merit, and added value they could bring to NCMM. Valen is already engaged in fruitful collaborations with groups at the NCMM and this ambition in joining this network is to open for many more.
NCMM Associate Investigators continue to work at their host institutions, but are credited with affiliation to NCMM and the Nordic EMBL Partnership for molecular medicine. From before Valen is affiliated with the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology (sars.no), the other EMBL partner in Norway.