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Christa Rhiner

  1. Christa Rhiner, PhD
    Principal Investigator

  2. Dr. Rhiner received her Master degree in 2002 from the University of Bern, Switzerland, after having performed her Master project in the lab of Prof. Adriano Aguzzi at the University Hospital in Zurich. Then, she entered the International Neuroscience PhD program of the ETH/University of Zurich (UZH) and joined the lab of Prof. Michael O. Hengartner at the Institute of Molecular Life Sciences at UZH for PhD studies on nervous system development and axon guidance in C. elegans (2002-2006). During this time, she also acquired a degree in science communication from the UZH and Institute for Applied Media Studies in Winterthur. From 2007 to 2010 she was a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Dr. Eduardo Moreno at the National Cancer Center (CNIO) in Madrid, where she identified and characterized key genes mediating cell competition in Drosophila and mice. In 2011, Dr. Rhiner became a lecturer and investigator at the Institute of Cell Biology in Bern, Switzerland, where she worked on neuronal selection and began to study regenerative neurogenesis in Drosophila. In winter 2016, she moved to Portugal to start her own group at the Champalimaud Center in Lisbon focusing on stem cell control and regeneration.

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