Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Diabetes and Regeneration Research (IDR)

Heiko Lickert

Winner 2021 2021 Life Sciences

I am the director of the Institute of Diabetes and Regeneration Research at Helmholtz Center Munich and Chair of Beta Cell Biology at the Technical University Munich. As to my background, I am a developmental and stem cell biologist and have devoted my career to understanding how the pancreas and the insulin-producing beta cells are formed and how we can use this knowledge to find a cure for diabetes. Findings from my studies serve as a basis to either regenerate patient β-cells (β-cell regeneration therapy) or replace lost β-cells with stem cell-generated β-cells (β-cell replacement therapy).

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