Professor Schöler is director at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster, heading the Department Cell and Developmental Biology. He holds a full Professorship at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and the Hannover Medical School, Germany. His research focuses on the molecular biology of cells of the germline (pluripotent cells and germ cells). A major scientific achievement of Schöler was the differentiation of germ cells from mouse embryonic stem cells. Another main question addressed in his research is how various somatic cells and germline cells can be converted into each other. As a respected pioneer of stem cell research, Schöler acts as a member on several boards, including being head of the managing board of the Stem Cell Network North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2008, Schöler – together with Irving Weissman and Shinya Yamanaka – was awarded the Robert Koch Prize, one of the most prestigious German prizes in the natural sciences. In 2010 the “Hans Schöler Stem Cell Research Center“ (HSSCRC) was founded at the Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology (UNIST), Republic Of Korea.
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