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Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla

Current Position

Institute Director and Professor

Host Institution

Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells, Munich, Germany

Epigenetics and Cell Fate in Early Mammalian Development

Research in Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla’s laboratory focuses on understanding how early mouse development is regulated by chromatin-mediated changes in gene regulation, that is, by epigenetic information. In particular, we are interested in understanding how the transitions in cell potency and cell fate are regulated by chromatin-mediated processes.

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• 2002 : Ph. D. , Pasteur Institute, Paris, France, Mary C. Weiss' lab, Analysis of the expression and functional characterisation of HNF4α isoforms

• 2002-2006 : Postdoctoral (EMBO Long-term) fellow, Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz' lab, Regulation of early mammalian development

• 2006-2008 : Senior Scientist, IGBMC, Strasbourg, France, Laszlo Tora's lab

• 2008 : Appointed Group leader at the IGBMC

• 2016 : Lab move at the Institute of Epigenetics & Stem Cells, Munich, Germany


• Selected as 'Young Scientist' by the World Economic Forum, 2016

• EMBO Member, 2015

• EMBO Young Investigator, 2011

• Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), 2011

• Elected RISE1 Member of EpiGeneSys Network of Excellence, 2011

• Prize Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM) Alsace, 2009

• Avenir Grant, Inserm, 2009-2011