Stem Cell : Programming and Reprogramming

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Dieter Egli

Dieter EgliDieter Egli received his Ph.D. in biology in 2003 from the University of Zurich, Switzerland where he studied the regulation of metal homeostasis in Drosophila. Because of his interest in stem cells he joined the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Eggan at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow, in 2005. There he studied reprogramming, developing techniques that allowed turning specialized mouse skin cells into a pluripotent stem cells that could again give rise to all tissues and cell types of an adult mouse. This fascinating technology, if applicable to human cells, might be useful to generate cells and tissues with the genotype of an individual affected with diabetes, or another degenerative disease, to replace the missing cells. The technique Dieter Egli intended to use to reprogram human cells relied on the availability of human oocytes (unfertilized eggs). Because these did not become available in the state of Massachusetts, he moved to New York, where he became one of the founding members of the New York Stem Cell Foundation laboratory. There, he is now supervising a research group focused on the generation of stem cells from diabetics.

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Supporting publications

Cell
Cell : Stem Cell
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
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