Nikolaus Rajewsky earned his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the University of Cologne in 1997. After postdoctoral studies at Rutgers University and at Rockefeller University, he spent three years as an “Assistant Professor for Biology and Mathematics” in the Department of Biology at New York University (2003-2006). In 2006 he became a full Professor at the Charité and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin. He conceived, founded and directs the “Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology” (BIMSB). BIMSB is a new branch of the MDC with funding for a few hundred scientists and a new building in downtown Berlin.
Nikolaus Rajewsky uses both computational and experimental molecular biology methods to study gene regulation in animals. A focus of his work is on the function and mechanisms of small non-coding RNAs and RNA binding proteins in development and stem cells. Nikolaus’ research has been cited over 25,000 times and has been featured in numerous high-ranking scientific journals and in the press. His awards include: IUBMB medal, FEBS award, “Berliner Wissenschaftspreis”, EMBO elected membership, and in 2012 the highest award for research in Germany, the “Leibniz Preis” of the DFG. From 2008 to 2013 he was also a “Global Distinguished Professor of Biology at New York University”. In 2014 he received an honorary PhD in Human Biology and Medical Genetics by “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy.
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