Christiane Nüsslein-VolhardKeynote Speaker
Developmental biology | Max Planck Inst. for Developmental Biology, Germany

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard is Director Emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany. As an Emeritus Professor she is leading a research group at the Institute focusing on pattern formation, growth and cell migration in the zebrafish, a vertebrate model organism.
For the discovery of genes that control development in animals and humans, and the demonstration of morphogen gradients in the fly embryo, she has received a number of awards and honours, among others the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award. In 1995, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine, along with Eric Wieschaus and Edward Lewis, for her work on the genetic control of embryogenesis using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. In the 1990s, she transitioned her lab to working with zebrafish (Danio rerio), using similar forward genetic approaches to those that had proved so successful in Drosophila to uncover key regulators of vertebrate development. Nüsslein-Volhard is also associated with the discovery of Toll, which led to the identification of mammalian toll-like receptors that are innate sensors of pathogens and danger.
Nüsslein-Volhard was secretary general of the EMBO, which promotes excellence in the life sciences, until 2009 and a member of many scientific councils (GDNÄ, National Ethics Council of Germany, ECR). She has been chancellor of the Order Pour le merite since 2013. In order to support women with children in science she founded the Christiane-Nüsslein-Volhard-Stiftung in 2004.
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