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Professor Dr

Magdalena Götz

Year of election: 2007
Section: Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine
City: Munich
Country: Germany


The main research focus of Magdalena Götz concentrates on how neurons during developmental of the brain are formed and how they can be replaced after a brain injury. Her research identified important molecules that regulate the generation of neurons from glial cells during development and also allow to stimulate glial cells after injury in the adult brain to start forming neurons again. Her latest research confirms that reactive glial cells dedifferentiate into multipotent stem cells after brain damage. Thus, the discovery that neurons originate from glial cells during development of the brain can now be translated into attempts how to repair neurons after brain injury from endogenous glial cells. The main focus of Magdalena Götz’s current research is to understand these molecular mechanisms of neurogenesis and neural repair.


  • since 2004 Director, Institut für Stammzellforschung, Helmholtz Zentrum Munich
  • since 2004 Professor of Physiological Genomics, Medizinische Fakultät, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
  • 2000 Habilitation in zoology
  • 1997-2003 Group Leader, Max-Planck-Institut für Neurobiologie, Munich Martinsried
  • 1997 Scientist, Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie, Göttingen
  • 1994-1996 Scientist, Smith Kline Beecham Harlow, UK
  • 1993-1994 Scientific Employee, National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK
  • 1992-1993 Postdoc, Friedrich-Miescher-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Tübingen
  • 1992 Promotion
  • 1989 Diploma in Biology, Tübingen




Emil-Abderhalden-Str. 35
06108 Halle (Saale)

Phone 0345 - 47 239 - 122
Fax 0345 - 47 239 - 149
E-Mail archiv (at)leopoldina.org

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