Dr Christian Nefzger
Head of the Cellular Reprogramming and Ageing Laboratory at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland
Dr Christian Nefzger is an early career scientist who has recently been appointed (after periods of training at the Technical University of Munich and Monash University) to his first independent position at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland. His past research helped shape our current understanding of the molecular mechanisms underpinning reprogramming of somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells and he established novel guided cell fate transitions using transcription factors. His lab’s research is centred around the in-depth profiling of the transcriptional and epigenetic changes that occur during cellular transitions, to understand their molecular basis and importantly, to control them. In this context, he studies cell fate conversions that occur rapidly as a consequence of forced cellular reprogramming, as well as the subtler and slower, albeit functionally meaningful, changes that occurring as part of developmental maturation and during ageing.