Born: 1958 in Iran and Chair of Stem Cell Biology Institute of Human Genetics, Karim Nayernia is an Iranian world expert scientist in biomedical scientist and a world expert on stem cell biology. Visit Karim Nayernia’s website at Newcastle University
- 1979 at age 21 – B.S in Biology – University of Tehran.
- 1982 at age 24 – M.S. in Cell Genetics biology – Göttingen University.
- 1985 at age 27 – PH.D in Human Genetics Cell biology – Göttingen University.
- 1993 at age 35 – Professor in Human Cell Genetics and biology with highest honor – Göttingen University.
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 (male sex glands), called spermatagonial stem cells.
It was able to show that some of these stem cells, called multipotent adult germline stem cells (maGSCs), turned into heart, muscle, brain and other cells.
Professor 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.
Karim Nayernia was born 1958 in Iran – probably in Kashan a city in the province of Isfahan, Iran. In 1975 (17 years old) after finishing high school he moved to Tehran and start his education in Biology at University of Tehran.
1979 at age 21 he received B.S in Biology from University of Tehran. Same year – 1979 he left Iran and moved to Göttingen in Germany and continued his education at Göttingen University. 1982 he received M.S. in Cell Genetics biology with highest honor.
1985 only 27 years old Karim Nayernia received his PH.D in Human Genetics Cell biology with highest honor from Göttingen University.
1987 at age 29 he was ranked and known as one of the youngest research scientist Human Genetics Cell biology in Germany and worked for several famous cell research labs around the world.
In 1993 at age 35 Karim become Professor in Human Cell Genetics and biology with highest honor.
He is writer of several books in this subject and these books are used at several universities around the world. Professor Karim Nayernia is known as and the world expert on stem cell biology and worked at Göttingen University until 2006. At same year he moved to Newcastle in England – Newcastle University.
At the end of June 2009 his team announced copying human sperm in lab – for the first time ever in the world!