Bungo Akiyoshi awarded EMBO Young Investigator
Dr Bungo Akiyoshi
Dr Bungo Akiyoshi, has been elected into the 2017 EMBO Young Investigator Programme, which supports researchers under the age of 40 who have established their first research labs within the past four years. This year the programme received 211 applications, and 12 per cent of the candidates who applied were selected.
Bungo joined the Biochemistry Department in 2013, as a Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow. His research focusses on the kinetochore complex, which segregates chromosomes in eukaryotes. Bungo identified an unconventional class of kinetochore proteins that are present in the parasite, Trypanosoma brucei. His laboratory has isolated twenty different kinetochore proteins and are currently characterising their function. Trypanosomes are important human and animal pathogens and Bungo's research programme has a potential to lead to novel therapeutics to treat neglected diseases caused by these parasites, as well as understand the evolutionary origins of the chromosome segregation complex.