The Joint Experimental Molecular Unit (JEMU) is an integrated research infrastructure funded by the Belgian Science Policy and supported by the Royal Belgian Insitute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Brussels) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA, Tervuren). JEMU is aimed at supporting scientific exploitation of natural history collections in the fields of DNA barcoding, phylogeny reconstruction and archiving biological specimens.
The activities of JEMU are driven by ongoing research topics as it provides the opportunity to scientists of both institutes to apply for JEMU support by submitting project proposals. Hitherto JEMU supported 18 research projects. Two of them are large scale flagship projects and 16 are pilot projects. Read more about the 18 JEMU research projects.
In practice, the integrated activities of JEMU involve joint research programmes, project applications and publications, shared lab facilities, weekly exchanges of researchers, joint research meetings, joint purchases of products and heavy equipment, joint organization of (inter)national meetings and congresses, sharing financial benefits, sharing databases and DNA/tissue collections with standardization and implementation in DaRWIN, establishing joint websites, sharing coordination activities (e.g. the joint coordination of the Belgian Network for DNA Barcoding), joint editing of collective book volumes, joint personnel hiring policy. Lab protocols, guidelines and other shared documents are available here.
Members (see contact for more information)
- Promotor and Co-promotor: Thierry Backeljau (RBINS) ; Marc De Meyer (RMCA)
- Steering Committee: Camille Pisani (President, RBINS) ; Guido Gryseels (Vice-President, RMCA) ; Aline Van der Werf (external member, BELSPO) ; Filip Volckaert (external member, KULeuven) ; Patrick Mardulyn (external member, ULBruxelles)
- The JEMU team: Zoltan T. Nagy, PhD ; Massimiliano Virgilio, PhD ; Gontran Sonet, MSc and Nathalie Smitz, MSc.
- Former members of JEMU: Kurt Jordaens, PhD ; Jeroen Van Houdt, PhD ; Floris Breman, MSc and Johan De Gruyter, MSc.