Rudolf Jaenisch, M.D., is a Founding Member of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Professor of Biology at MIT. Jaenisch studies the epigenetic regulation of gene expression with the goal of efficiently changing one differentiated cell type into another. This has lead to groundbreaking work with mammalian embryonic stem cells and adult cells that have been reprogrammed to an embryonic stem cell like-state, called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Jaenisch continues to push iPS cell methodology forward and has demonstrated iPS cells’ therapeutic potential in models of Sickle Cell anemia and Parkinson’s disease. For his work, Jaenisch has been honored with the first Peter Gruber Foundation Award in Genetics, theBrupracher Foundation Cancer Award,Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Robert Koch Prize for Excellence in Scientific Achievement,Meira and Shaul G. Massry Prize, Ernst Schering Prize, Vilcek Prize, and the Wolf Prize in Medicine. Jaenisch is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Member of the Institute of Medicine, and a Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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