Global Speaker Series: Elly Tanaka, PhD – Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP)

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The Medicine by Design Global Speaker Series invites established and emerging international leaders in regenerative medicine to engage with our extraordinary community of researchers and clinicians.

Medicine by Design, in partnership with the McEwen Stem Cell Institute, is pleased to welcome Elly Tanaka, PhD, senior scientist at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria.

The title of this talk will be, Deciphering the cellular and molecular basis of limb regeneration ability and inability.

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Elly Tanaka is currently a senior scientist at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria.

Professor Tanaka studies the molecular cell biology of limb and spinal cord regeneration as well as the evolution of regeneration. She received her PhD from University of California in San Francisco where she worked with Marc Kirschner in the Department of Biochemistry. She did her post-doctoral research on limb regeneration with Jeremy Brockes at the Ludwig Institute and University College London.

In 1999 she moved to the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden where she started a junior research group working on axolotl spinal cord regeneration. In 2004 she was promoted to associate level. In 2008 she became Chair of the Animal Models of Regeneration in the Center for Regenerative Therapies, Dresden at the Technische Universität Dresden where she holds an honorary professorship. In 2016 she moved to the Institute of Molecular Pathology as a senior scientist. She has received a number of awards including the Schering Prize, the Schroedinger Prize and the FEBS EMBO Women in Science Award.

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