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Rudolf Jaenisch

Rudolf Jaenisch was born in Wolfelsgrund, Germany in 1942. He received his M.D. from the University of Munich in 1967 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow first at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Munich, and then at Princeton University. Following a period as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia, Dr Jaenisch joined the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, where he remained from 1972 to 1977, rising from Assistant to Associate Research Professor. In 1977 he returned to Germany, where until 1984 he was Head of the Department of Tumor Virology at the Heinrich Pette Institute for Experimental Virology and Immunology at the University of Hamburg. In 1984 Dr Jaenisch accepted his current position as a Founding Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.