Dr. Didier Stainier is a Director (Principal Investigator) in the Department of Developmental Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research (MPI-HLR), in Bad Nauheim, Germany. His lab uses the zebrafish as a model to study development of the cardiovascular system and pancreas, and the mouse as a model for lung development. Prior to moving to the MPI-HLR, Stainier was Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco from 1995-2012.
Stainier received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University where he worked in Wally Gilbert’s lab. As a post-doctoral fellow, Stainier moved to Mark Fishman’s lab at Massachusetts General Hospital where he initiated the studies on zebrafish cardiovascular development and function. Stainier was one of many scientists in Boston and Tübingen who carried out a huge screen for zebrafish mutants in early development and organogenesis. The screen was published in Development in 1996 and remains a useful resource to this day for labs studying fish. Stainier has since published over 200 papers on zebrafish development.
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