Sebastian Diecke (Berlin Institute of Health)
Stem cells and gene editing for biomedical research and to rescue highly endangered animals
Sebastian is working as a head of the Pluripotent Stem cell Platform at the Max Delbrück Center in Berlin. The institute is focusing on molecular mechanisms of diseases and developmental processes in general. He is providing services around reprogramming, differentiation in different tissue types and genetic manipulation of the pluripotent cells for the researchers of the institute. His research is focusing on generating clinical grade induced pluripotent stem cells and how to apply stem cell technologies to potentially rescue highly endangered animals like northern white rhinoceros (NWR). In particular he is generating induced pluripotent cells from these animals and try to differentiate them towards germs cells using a similar approach like published for mice.