Thorsten Schlaeger, PhD
Head, Human Embryonic Stem Cell Core
Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schlaeger is a renowned expert in mouse genetics, endothelial and hematopoetic developmental biology, and pluripotent stem cells. He holds a PhD in Human Biology from Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. He received the prestigious Otto Hahn medal for his work on endothelial specific gene regulation, which was performed in the laboratories of the late Dr. Werner Risau (Max Planck Institute) and Dr. Tom N. Sato (Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston).
In 1998, following an unsuccessful bone marrow transplantation, Dr. Werner Risau, his PhD supervisor, mentor and friend, succumbed to leukemia. Motivated by this experience to study the mechanisms of blood cell development, Dr. Schlaeger joined Dr. Stuart Orkin’s laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1999, where he studied the role of the stem cell leukemia gene in endothelial and hematopoetic stem cells. Following a 16-month stint as Senior Scientist in the mouse genetics group of Cell and Molecular Technologies (now Invitrogen), Dr. Schlaeger returned to Children’s in 2005 to serve as Head of the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Core Facility within the Stem Cell Program of Children’s Hospital.
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