Marius Wernig studied medicine at the Universities of Vienna and Munich, where he received his degree in 2000. Hi did his PhD with Rudi Balling working on mouse vertebral development at the Institute for Mammalian Genetics in Munich. After graduation he did residency training in neuropathology at the University of Bonn and did research on neural differentiation of embryonic stem cells in Oliver Brüstle’s laboratory. In 2003 he joined Rudolf Jaenisch’s laboratory at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Boston, MA where he became known for the successful creation of germline-competent induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from mouse fibroblasts. He moved to Stanford University in 2008 where he has been ever since. His lab at Stanford found that fibroblasts can be directly reprogrammed to functional induced neuronal (iN) cells demonstrating that transcription factor-mediated reprogramming is possible between major lineage barriers. Currently his lab is focusing on using iPS, iN, and other induced neural cells for disease modeling and as potential cellular therapy.
Through his successful research, Dr. Wernig has been published in journals such as Nature, Cell, and Science. He also received the Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) in 2013 and Robertson Stem Cell Prize from New York Stem Cell Foundation in 2014.
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