Karim Nayernia

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Who is Karim Nayernia?

Karim Nayernia is an Iranian biomedical scientist and a world expert on stem cell biology.

He carried out pioneering work that has the potential to lead to future therapies for a range of medical conditions such as heart disease, Parkinson's disease and male infertility. His team was the first in the world to isolate a new type of stem cell from adult mouse testes, called spermatagonial stem cells. It was able to show that some of these stem cells, called multipotent adult germline stem cells, turned into heart, muscle, brain and other cells. Prof Nayernia and his team proposed that similar cells could be extracted from men using a simple testicular biopsy. On the basis of these cells, new stem cell techniques could be developed in order to treat a variety of illnesses.

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Nationality
  • Iran
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Education
  • University of Göttingen

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on July 23, 2013

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