Dr Stefan Wagner
My name is Stefan Wagner and I am a molecular biologist from Germany. I utilize a new technology called genome editing to improve health and combat disease. Over the past decade, I pursued different gene editing approaches in New Zealand. I was excited to be offered the MRC Discovery Fellowship because it allowed me to move to the Rowett Institute at the University of Aberdeen to pursue postdoctoral training in a world-class metabolic research institute. As a MRC Discovery Fellow, I am using genome editing approaches to decode brain pathways that are involved in the development of obesity and diabetes. Specifically, I am applying CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing to genes associated with energy homeostasis and fat accumulation. My current work focuses on a better characterization of the enigmatic protein seipin which is involved in the differentiation of fat cells and also linked to neuropathies.