Marius Wernig, MD, PhD

Marius Wernig, MD, PhD

Associate Professor​ at Stanford University​

2014 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize Recipient

2010 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Alumnus

MD, Technical University of Munich

PhD, Technical University of Munich

Postdoctoral Training, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT



Dr. Wernig is an Associate Professor of Pathology at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and the Department of Pathology at Stanford University, where his lab investigates the mechanisms that determine neural cell fate decisions. His laboratory was the first to generate functional neuronal cells reprogrammed directly from skin fibroblasts. They are now working on cell transplantation-based strategies for a variety of monogenetic diseases. He completed his postdoctoral research at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT. He is a NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize Recipient.


Dr. Wernig’s research focuses on reprogramming skin cells into functional neurons, and he and colleagues are currently conducting clinical trials to find treatments for recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), a rare tissue disorder.