Karim Nayernia - Academic Career

Academic Career

Karim Nayernia is an alumnus of the University of Göttingen, where he had defended his dissertation in 1993. He worked at the university until 2006, when he started to work at the Newcastle University. In 2003, he got the professorship (Habilitation) in Molecular Human Genetics from Medical Faculty of Georg-August University in Göttingen. He is currently a Professor of Stem Cell Biology at the Newcastle University Institute of Human Genetics.

Karim Nayernia is an alumnus of the University of Göttingen, where he had defended his dissertation in 1993. He worked at the university until 2006, when he started to work at the Newcastle University. In 2006, he was appointed as Professor of Stem Cell Biology at the Newcastle University Institute of Human Genetics. In 2009, he created human sperm-like cells from male stem cells in the laboratory for the first time. Previously, in 2006, he used sperm created from embryonic stem cells to impregnate mice. The mice produced seven pups, although one died and the other six had health problems. His works were reported by several news agencies: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/5166462.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8138963.stm http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/jul/08/sperm-grown-stem-cell-fertility http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2007/apr/13/cancer.stemcells?INTCMP=SRCH

In 2010, he discovered a new marker for detection of breast cancer stem cells. This findings define this novel marker and its effector signaling pathways as key factors in the proliferation and survival of breast cancer stem cells.

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