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Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla

Director, Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells, Helmholtz Zentrum München

Degree in Biology, National University of Mexico; PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France. Formerly with Cambridge University, UK. Currently, Director, Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells, Helmholtz Centre, Munich. Professor of the Chair of Stem Cell Biology, Faculty of Biology, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany. Research activities focus on understanding how epigenetic information regulates transitions in cell identity and cellular reprogramming, which is essential in understanding the biology of the pluripotent stem cells, in particular on their origin and development. From a broader perspective, the work is expected to help understanding early aspects of embryonic development, human reproduction, fertility and stem cell biology. Member, EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation). Recipient of a number of awards for research in the epigenetics field and cellular plasticity.