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21.09.2018

Dr. Maria Elena Torres-Padilla receives ‘Female Scientist Award’ of German Stem Cell Network (GSCN)

For her outstanding achievements in the research of early embryonic development the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) awards the annual ‘GSCN 2018 Female Scientist Award’ to Prof. Dr. Maria Elena Torres-Padilla from Helmholtz Zentrum München. With its award the GSCN honors outstanding female researcher for their scientific achievements. The official award ceremony took place on September 20th at this year’s GSCN Stem Cell Conference in Heidelberg.

GSCN President Prof. Dr. Ana Martin-Villalba (left) with award winner Prof. Dr. Elena Maria Torres-Padilla; Source: GSCN

Torres-Padilla is internationally recognized as an expert in chromatin research in the early embryonic development. She focuses on the transitions of cellular potency and epigenetic reprogramming and investigates molecular mechanisms. She aims at a better understanding of the molecular processes underlying cellular plasticity in order to develop better therapeutic approaches for regenerative medicine and infertility treatment. The scientist is also involved in initiatives for communicating the importance of basic research to a broad public and to decision-makers.

Since 2016 Torres-Padilla heads the Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells (IES) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and is professor of stem cell biology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. She is an elected EMBO member and Extraordinary Young Scientist at the World Economic Forum. After studying biology in Mexico City, the native Mexican obtained her doctorate in Paris, went to Cambridge (UK) as a postdoctoral fellow and habilitated in Strasbourg.

The GSCN was founded in 2013 and aims to better network, support and disseminate its results and research to a broad public. Besides the “Female Scientist Award” the GSCN awards also the “Young Investigator Award” and “Publication of the Year Award”.

Link press release German Stem Cell Network

To the GSCN website: www.gscn.org

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