Institute of Molecular Biotechnology OAW,
Developmental neuroscientist studying human brain development and psychiatric disorders. Head of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna (IMBA). He has started his scientific career as a graduate student at the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen where he worked on cell cycle control in Drosophila under the guidance of Christian Lehner. In 1994 he moved to San Francisco to join the laboratory of YuhNung and Lily Jan where he discovered his interest in asymmetric cell division, a topic that has remained the main focus of his research ever since. After returning to Europe he became a group leader at the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria. In 2004, he moved next door to the newly founded Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His group has developed a method for growing human brain tissue in the lab. They can recapitulate human embryonic brain development during the first trimester and analyze the developmental defects leading to neurological disorders.