Born in Germany, Rudolf Jaenisch is defined by brilliance and tenacity in all that he pursues, from embarking on adventurous scientific research to scaling the Himalayas. His lab was the first to create a transgenic animal model and to conduct an experiment showing that therapeutic cloning could correct genetic defects in mice. These discoveries forever changes the landscape of how biological science is conducted.

He is known worldwide as a pioneer in the study of cellular reprogramming, the process of converting adult cells into induced pluripotent stems (iPS) cells. Today he is using his stellar scientific acumen and patient-derived iPS cells to solve the vexing challenges of human disease, namely, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.