Matthias Hentze is the Director of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and Professor for Molecular Medicine at Heidelberg University. Following medical training in Germany and the U.K., Prof. Hentze did his postdoc at the NIH (USA) in the late eighties, when he and his colleagues discovered “iron-responsive elements” initiating his interests in posttranscriptional gene regulation (translation, mRNA stability, NMD, miRNAs) and diseases of iron metabolism (anemias, hemochromatosis, degenerative diseases). Recent work by the Hentze group has uncovered hundreds of new RNA-binding proteins, including many metabolic enzymes. Supported by an ERC Advanced Grant, their current work focuses on the elucidation of connections between metabolism and gene regulation. Matthias Hentze’s research contributions have been prominently recognized nationally and internationally.
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