HPI-Kolloquium: "From Systems Biology to Systems Medicine"

Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Rajewsky

Max-Delbrück-Centrum for Molecular Medicine, Berlin


The Rajewsky lab combines theoretical/computational and experimental methods to understand more about gene regulation in animals. Research teams are  interdisciplinary, emplo ying techniques from molecular biology and biochemistry on different model organisms and driving the analysis with tools and concepts from bioinformatics, statistics, and physics. A major  focus  is  on  post-transcriptional  gene  regulation  by  small  RNAs  (for  example  microRNAs) and RNA binding proteins.

Systems Biology integrates high-throughput technologies, mathematics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, biochemistry and engineering to  derive predictive, quantitative models for biological  systems.  Combined  with  clinical  research,  Systems  Biology  has  the  potential to steer medicine into the next century of personalized medicine.

Short Biography

Nikolaus Rajewsky received his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Cologne in  1997. From 2003-2006 he was Assistant Professor for Biology and Mathematics at Department of Biology, New York University. Nikolaus is Full Professor for Systems Biology at Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine and Charité in Berlin since 2006 and Scientific Head of the "Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology" since 2008.

Nikolaus was honored multiple times for his work, e.g. the Science Award of the Governing Mayor of Berlin in 2009, the Leibniz Prize of the DFG (German Research Foundation) and the Honorary PhD in Human Biology and Medical Genetics by Sapienza University of Rome in 2014.

Hosts: Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel and Dr. Matthieu-P. Schapranow