Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, DE
Keywords: Tissue regeneration, cell-to-cell communication, stem cells, model organisms: planarian flatworms, spiny mice.
Kerstin Bartscherer obtained a BSc degree in Biotechnology from the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim (2002) and an MSc degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Goettingen (2004). She received a PhD (summa cum laude) for her work on Wnt signaling in Drosophila from the University of Heidelberg (2007) and joined the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster (DE) as an independent research group leader (2010). On a joint appointment with the University of Muenster, her lab is part of the Excellence Cluster Cells in Motion where she investigates the mechanisms of tissue regeneration using highly regenerative planarian flatworm species and the African spiny mouse as animal models for regeneration and stem cell biology. Kerstin is a member of several MSc and PhD committees and acts as a member of the local Gender and Diversity Commission for equal opportunities. In 2016 she received an ERC starting grant for investigating the mechanisms of regeneration initiation and was selected for the Young Academy of Europe in 2017. Kerstin is a co-organizer of the EMBO conference “Regeneration and Tissue Repair” (2018).
Using animal models that regenerate much better than us, Kerstin’s research agenda seeks to understand the mechanisms and conserved principles of successful tissue regeneration with the ultimate goal of promoting regeneration in mammals.