Benedikt BerningerInstitute of Physiological Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany F1000 Faculty Member (since 22 April 2010)
Group leader, Institute of Physiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Benedikt Berninger received his diploma in Biology from the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich. In his PhD work (1993-1996), supervised by Hans Thoenen at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry (now MPI of Neurobiology), he studied the activity-dependent regulation of neurotrophin gene expression. With the support of a fellowship from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) organisation he then joined Mu-ming Poo at the University of California San Diego (until 2000) to study fast actions of neurotrophins at hippocampal synapses. After a short HFSP-funded stay with Jonas Frisén at the Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden) he returned to the MPI of Neurobiology to join in 2003 the Magdalena Götz lab where he got interested in transcription factor-directed reprogramming of astroglia into neurons. In 2005 Benedikt became a senior scientist at the Department of Physiological Genomics at the Institute of Physiology (LMU) and guest researcher at the Institute of Stem Cell Research at the Helmholtz Zentrum München (Germany). In 2011 Benedikt received his habilitation in physiology by the Medical faculty of the LMU. Currently, Benedikt leads a research group focusing on adult neural stem cell lineage progression and direct transcription factor-driven glia-to-neuron conversion.
Adult neural stem cell lineage progression
Direct reprogramming of somatic brain cells into neurons
Benedikt joined Faculty of 1000 as an Associate Faculty Member working alongside Magdalena Götz in the Neurodevelopment Section on 22th April 2010.
On November 1st 2011, following an invitation from Andrew Lumsden and Joshua Sanes (Section Heads for the Neurodevelopment Section), Benedikt was appointed as a Faculty Member in the Neurodevelopment Section.
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