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Dr. Lucas Jae - Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizewinner 2018

Functional Genomics, LMU Munich

Lucas Jae

Lucas Jae

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Recent developments in experimental genomics and molecular biology have produced a highly effective range of instruments for the analysis of complex biological processes in humans and other species. Thijn Brummelkamp and Lucas Jae, who work together at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, have made a significant contribution to this. Jae studied and earned his doctorate in England and the USA and now leads his own research group at the Gene Center of LMU Munich. His work in the field of genome engineering and biochemistry has helped researchers to decode the infection process for highly lethal human viruses such as the Lassa virus. The strategy co-developed by Jae for the comprehensive mutagenesis of the human genome also makes it possible to study essential genes in human cells, providing approaches for novel therapies in tumour research.

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