How reprogramming cells turns back time

Professor Ernst Wolvetang

Professor Ernst Wolvetang uses human induced pluripotent stem cells, cells reprogrammed from a patient’s skin cell, to model the brain and understand neurodegenerative diseases and possible treatment opportunities.

Ernst also collaborates with Professors Ryan Lister at The University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and Jose Polo at Monash University to understand how this process occurs, whether all cell types follow the same path to becoming pluripotent cells, and if this impacts their ability to mimic disease in the laboratory.

Read more about their research in How reprogramming cells turns back time.

Listen to Ernst as he explains the high level of importance he places on talking to the public about his research and the impact he hopes it will have in the future.

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