Berezikov: Genomics' next top model
Genomics' next top model
Studying flatworm Macrostomum lignano
Flatworms have a trick up their sleeve. If a part of this worm is cut off, it will grow back in 20 days. If only human beings could do the same...
Why do some organisms regenerate well and others don’t? That's one of the leading questions for Eugene Berezikov and his group at Hubrecht Institute. To get closer to the answers they use Macrostomum lignano flatworm as a model for stem cell and regeneration research.
Eugene Berezikov studied natural sciences at the Novosibirsk State University (Russia), specializing in molecular biology, and graduated with honors in 1997. He received PhD degree in molecular biology from the Institute of Cytology and Genetics (Novosibirsk, Russia) in 2000. For his postdoctoral studies he joined the laboratory of Prof. Ronald Plasterk at the Hubrecht Institute, where he developed a method for homologous gene targeting in C. elegans and performed series of works on discovery of small RNAs. In 2007 he was appointed as a group leader at the Hubrecht Institute, where he introduced the flatworm M. lignano as a new model organism for research on stem cells and regeneration. In 2010 he was selected as EMBO Young Investigator. His group combines computational and experimental approaches to study functions of small RNAs. His research is supported by Horizon Breakthrough and VIDI grants (NWO) and ERA-NET grant (FP6).
Made by: Marieke Aafjes 2011
Camera & editor: Wouter Boes
Music: Daan van West
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The coworkers at the Hubrecht Institute
The researchers at the Berezikov Group