Jürgen Knoblich

  • Brain cells from the laboratory
  • Revolution in brain disease research
  • Geist Heidelberg, Lecture

The human brain is the most complex organ that nature has produced and its study represents a major challenge for science. In 2013, the laboratory of Jürgen Knoblich successfully cultured the first model for early human brain development, known as “brain organoids”. This makes it possible for the first time to grow organoids from stem cells to study the influence of genes on developments and disease development – a true revolution in medicine. Knoblich has since been working intensively on a range of diseases including epilepsy, schizophrenia, autism, addictive behavior and brain tumors.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Knoblich, born in Memmingen, Germany, in 1963, heads the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) in Vienna. The stem cell researcher is considered one of the pioneers in the field of organoid research and has done groundbreaking work in the development of this new technology.

As part of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg

Foto: IMBA / Sandra Schartel

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