Benedikt Berninger received his Diploma in biology from the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich. In his Ph.D. degree work (1993-1996), supervised by Hans Thoenen at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry (now MPI of Neurobiology), he studied the activity-dependent regulation of neurotrophin gene expression. With the support of a fellowship from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) organization, he then joined Mu-ming Poo Lab at the University of California San Diego (until 2000) to study fast actions of neurotrophins at hippocampal synapses. After a short HFSP-funded stay with Jonas Frisén at the Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden) he returned to the MPI of Neurobiology to join in 2003 Magdalena Götz's lab where he got interested in transcription-factor-directed reprogramming of astroglia into neurons. In 2005 Benedikt became a Senior Scientist at the Department of Physiological Genomics at the Institute of Physiology (LMU) and Guest Researcher at the Institute of Stem Cell Research at the Helmholtz Zentrum München (Germany). In 2011 Benedikt received his Habilitation in physiology from the Medical Faculty of the LMU. Currently, Benedikt leads a research group focusing on adult neural stem cell lineage progression and direct transcription-factor-driven glia-to-neuron conversion. He recently received a call for a professorship at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.
Biography Updated on 1 April 2012