Marcus O. Muench0000-0001-8946-6605
Marcus O. Muench received his A.S. degree in physical sciences form the College of Marin in 1983 and his B.S. degree in genetics at the University of California at Davis in 1986. From there he took a plane for New York City to attend graduate school at what was known as Cornell University Medical College, but has been recently upgraded to Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University. As a graduate student, he played in the laboratory of Dr. Malcolm A. S. Moore studying the role of growth factors in the regulation of hematopoiesis and ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic precursors. This work satisfied a group of scientists, gathered in a room one day in 1992, enough to bestow upon Mr. Muench’s name the suffix "Ph.D." A plane flight later, Dr. Muench found himself in Palo Alto, CA at DNAX Research Institute (also recently upgraded to SP BioPharma) in the laboratory of Drs. Maria-Grazia Roncarolo and Reiko Namikawa studying hematopoietic stem cells found in early human development and how they are regulated by the growth factor, flk-2/flt-3 ligand. Then in 1995, Dr. Muench got a real job at the Fetal Treatment Center Research Laboratory in the Department of Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco. In the spring of 2000, Dr. Muench joined the faculty of the Department of Laboratory Medicine, to which he still pledges allegiance although he currently resides as a Senior Scientist at Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco. Dr. Muench continues to study the development of the human hematopoietic system as well as development of the liver and muscle. A driving force behind his basic research efforts is a desire for the research to be clinically applicable, particularly in the field of fetal medicine.
Biography Updated on 3 January 2011