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Dr. Jan Pruszak


Dr. Jan Pruszak

Emmy Noether-Group for Stem Cell Biology
Institute for Anatomy & Cell Biology
University of Freiburg
Albertstr. 17

D-79104 Freiburg
phone: +49-761-203-5121
fax: 0761-203 5091




Curriculum vitae

2011 Group-Leader, Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Freiburg
2007 - 2010 Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Affiliated Faculty Member, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
2008 - 2010 Visiting Scientist/ Postdoctoral Associate, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
2004 - 2007 Postdoc, Center for Neuroregeneration Research, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital
1997- 2004 Medical Studies, Hannover Medical School (MHH), Germany

Scientific Interests


Our lab is interested in unraveling the mechanisms governing growth and differentiation in the developing nervous system. Our current focus is the identification of cell contact- as well as diffusible factor-mediated determinants of neural lineage specification.

We utilize human pluripotent stem cells (embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells) as the chief model system, complemented with primary neural cell cultures, tumor cell lines and transgenic mouse model systems. Important techniques include a number of cell and tissue culture-based assays, molecular and cell biology, flow cytometry and FACS, histological analysis and microscopy.

Honors, Awards and Scholarships

2011 Group leader within the Emmy Noether-Program of the DFG
2009 Co-recipient, Cozzarelli Prize, National Academy of Sciences
2009 AAAS/ Science Program for Excellence in Sciencey
2009 Morgan-Zinsser Fellowship, The Academy at Harvard Medical School
2009 Excellence in Tutoring Award, Harvard Medical School
2007 Thomas B. Grave & Elizabeth R. Grave Scholarship, Milton L. Shifman Endowed Scholarship, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)
2007 Nominee, Harvard Medical School Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching


Laboratory Homepage


Scientific publications in Medline

Research Database University  of Freiburg