Dr. Rudolph JAENISCH
Whitehead Institute

Rudolf Jaenisch is a Founding Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and a Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a pioneer in making transgenic mice, some of which have produced important advances in understanding cancer, neurological and connective tissue diseases, and developmental abnormalities. These methods have been used to explore basic questions such as the role of DNA modification, genomic imprinting, X chromosome inactivation, and, most recently, nuclear cloning. The laboratory is renowned for its expertise in cloning mice and in studying the myriad factors that contribute to the success and failure of this process. They have more recently gained insights into therapeutic cloning, and have indeed rescued mice with a genetic defect through therapeutic cloning and gene therapy.

Dr. Jaenisch is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the International Society for Stem Cell Research. In 1996 he was honored with the Boehringer Mannheim Molecular Bioanalytics Prize, in 2001 was the recipient of the first ever Peter Gruber Foundation Award in Genetics, in 2002 won the Robert Koch Prize for Excellence in Scientific Achievement and in 2003 was given the Charles Brupbacher Foundation Cancer award.