Dr. Dr. Leif Ludwig - Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prizewinner 2023

Functional Genome Research, Berlin Institute of Health and Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin

Dr. Dr. Leif Ludwig

Dr. Dr. Leif Ludwig

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Leif Ludwig holds a doctorate in biochemistry and medicine and is already influencing a broad field of investigation with his research: he and his lab are developing single-cell sequencing technologies to answer key questions in the area of stem cell biology and mitochondrial genome biology. As a postdoctoral researcher, he worked on so-called cellular heterogeneity and the relatedness of cells. Heterogeneity arises from variations in the genome of cells as they evolve from a less specialised to a more specialised state during differentiation. Ludwig succeeded in answering questions of cellular heterogeneity by adopting new approaches, thereby contributing significantly to the further development of personalised medicine. His work is also helping to advance the mapping of human cell properties such as in the “Human Cell Atlas”.


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