Rudolf Jaenisch, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and member of the National Academy of Sciences
Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Jaenisch is a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and a professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a pioneer in creating transgenic mice, some of which have led to important advances in understanding cancer, neurological and connective tissue diseases, and developmental abnormalities; and he has explored basic questions such as the role of DNA modification, genomic imprinting, and X-chromosome inactivation. His laboratory is renowned for its expertise in cloning mice and in studying the myriad factors contributing to the success and failure of cellular reprogramming. Recently the lab has focused on using the iPS cell system to study diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and autism. Dr. Jaenisch is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the International Society for Stem Cell Research. He was honored with the Boehringer Mannheim Molecular Bioanalytics Prize in 1996, received the first ever Gruber Foundation Genetics Prize in 2001, won the Robert Koch Prize for Excellence in Scientific Achievement in 2002, and the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology in 2015, and was a recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Science in 2011. In 2014 he served as president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.