Meet Canada 150 Research Chair Josef Martin Penninger

Josef Martin Penninger is the newly appointed Canada 150 Research Chair in Functional Genetics representing the University of British Columbia. Learn what his research means for Canadians.

Transcription – Meet Canada 150 Research Chair Josef Martin Penninger

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Josef Martin Penninger
The University of British Columbia | CIHR
Canada 150 Research Chair in Functional Genetics]

Josef Martin Penninger: I'm Josef Penninger. I work at the Academy of Sciences in Vienna and I will move to the University of British Columbia. I'm a trained medical doctor and then started to try to figure out fundamental mechanisms of disease and what we can do about this and became a genetic engineer. We made some of the first mutant animals on the planet. We created some of the first tissues on the planet from human stem cells. So that's what I do, tissue genetic engineering. We tricked biology, some years ago, to make stem cells with a singular set of the genome which allows us now to basically play (with the) evolution of genetics in one afternoon. What nature did in millions of years, we do in a day now.

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CANADA 150
Leading science, research and innovation excellence.
#CanadaSupportsScience]

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