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November 1, 2017

We are excited to be awarded a starting grant from the European Research Council! Our project, ORGANOMICS, will develop new single-cell genomic tools to reconstruct human cortex development and malformation using cerebral organoids. 


October 18, 2017

Great news! In collaboration with the Camp, Brüstle, and Takebe labs, we received a Human Cell Atlas pilot project grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to explore how well cerebral and liver organoids recapitulate inter-individual variation in gene expression. We are excited to get started on this fundamental project! Here is a link to the press release.

June 15, 2017

Our manuscript analyzing liver bud organoids is out in Nature! This was an amazing international collaboration with Keisuke Sekine and Takanori Takebe and the rest of the folks at Yokohama University! Thanks so much to everyone here in Leipzig and Dresden that made this work possible. Here is a link to the letter. 

Also, Elizabeth Pennisi wrote a very nice story about our work in Science here

May 12, 2017

We wrote a News & Views about two great brain organoid papers from the Arlotta and Pasca labs that just appeared in Nature. Very exciting work! Here is a link to the perspective. 

May 2, 2017

Our Spotlight article on "Human Organomics" is out in Development. Thanks so much to Caroline Hendry for helping with this project! Here is the link to the paper. 

October 2016

Welcome to our two new group members Jorge Kageyama and Damian Wollny! Damian is joining us from DKFZ in Heidelberg, where he performed his PhD in Ana Martin-Villalba's group and Jorge comes from the MPI for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, where he did his PhD with Detlef Weigel.

September 26, 2016

Our paper on differences and similarities between human and chimpanzee cerebral organoids is published in eLife! It was a great collaboration between our and Svante Pääbo's group in Leipzig as well as Wieland Huttner's group at the MPI-CBG in Dresden. Thanks especially to Felipe Mora-Bermudez and Farhath Badsha!

Check out the paper here.

September 26, 2016

Barbara received the Friedmund Neumann Prize 2016 of the Schering Foundation for her outstanding work on single cell transcriptomics analysis! Congrats to Barbara!

July 27, 2016

The diversity of cell types in the mouse striatum is published in Cell Reports! It was a great collaboration led by Ozgun Gokce and Geoff Stanley from the Quake and Südhof labs at Stanford. Congrats! Check it out here.

June 9, 2016

Our manuscript describing the direct reprogramming of fibroblasts to neuronal cells is out in Nature! It was great working with Qian Yi Lee and the rest of the Wernig and Quake labs at Stanford. Read the manuscript here, and the "News and Views" here. Congrats to Barbara and Gray!

January 21, 2015

Gray and Barbara will be attending the "Stem Cell Models of Neural Regeneration and Disease" ISSCR/CRTD Symposium in Dresden to present our work dissecting direct reprogramming of fibroblasts to neurons as well as our recent cerebral organoid manuscript.

Also, somehow Barbara's original artwork wasn't selected for the cover so we prepared a mock up of what would have looked like anyways...not too shabby. 

December 8th, 2015

Woohoo! Congratulations to Sabina for becoming a Boehringer Ingelheim PhD fellow! 

December 7th, 2015

Our first paper comparing gene expression in cerebral organoids and fetal neocortex is published. Congrats to Gray, Sabina, Tobi, Wulf, Svante and Barbara! It was a great collaboration with Farhath Badsha, Marta Florio and the rest of the Huttner lab in Dresden! 

Check it out at PNAS here