Magdalena Götz, Helmholz Center Munich, Institute Stem Cell Research, Germany

Stefano Stifani

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Götz is the director of the Institute for Stem Cell Research at the Helmholtz Zentrum münchen, German Research Center for Environmental Health, and Chair of the Physiological Genomics at the medical faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany. She graduated from the University of Tübingen with a diploma in Biology. Her PhD focussed on the developmental mechanisms regulating the appropriate connectivity to the cerebral cortex (Tübingen, 1992). During her postdoctoral work at the National Institute for Medical Research in London she examined the cell lineage of neuronal subtypes and the regional specification of precursor cells in the cerebral cortex. In her own lab at the Max-Planck Institute for Neurobiology (from 1997 until 2003) she discovered the new role of radial glial cells as neuronal precursor cells and identified the transcription factor Pax6 as a key fate determinant in these cells. Magdalena Götz is a developmental biologist specialized in the analysis of molecular fate determinants both during development and in adult neurogenesis. One of her major contributions was the discovery that radial glial cells are a major source of neurons in the developing nervous system. She has extensive experience in the use of genetic mouse models as well as viral vectors to manipulate fate determinants in the developing and adult nervous system in vivo.

Magdalena Götz is an EMBO member, a Leopoldina member and member of Academia Europea. She received the Leibniz Award, the Familie Hansen Award, the Hans und Ilse Breuer Award, the Caro Remedios Prize, the Schering Award and the Spoelberch Award.

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