Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994 – 1999
    Helen Hay Whitney Post-doctoral fellow at UCL, London, Jeremy Brockes

  • 1987 – 1993
    PhD, University of California, San Francisco, Biochemistry with Marc Kirschner

  • 1983 – 1987
    A.B. Harvard University, Biochemistry

Selected publications

  • Wagner I, Wang H, Weissert PM, Straube WL, Shevchenko A, Gentzel M, Brito G,Tazaki A, Oliveira C, Sugiura T, Shevchenko A, Simon A, Drechsel DN, Tanaka EM. (2017) Serum Proteases Potentiate BMP-Induced Cell Cycle Re-entry of Dedifferentiating Muscle Cells during Newt Limb Regeneration. Dev Cell. 40:608-617

  • Currie JD, Kawaguchi A, Traspas RM, Schuez M, Chara O, Tanaka EM. (2016) Live Imaging of Axolotl Digit Regeneration Reveals Spatiotemporal Choreography of Diverse Connective Tissue Progenitor Pools. Dev Cell. 39:411-423.

  • Tanaka EM. The Molecular and Cellular Choreography of Appendage Regeneration. (2016). Cell. 165:1598-608.

  • Nacu E, Shabanova E, Oliviera C, Drechsel DN, Tanaka EM. (2016) SHH and FGF8 substitute anterior/posterior tissue interactions to induce limb regeneration. Nature, 533:407-410.

  • Sugiura T, Wang H, Barsacchi R, Simon A, Tanaka EM. (2016) MARCKS-Like Protein is an initiating molecule in axolotl appendage regeneration. Nature, 531:237-240.

  • Rodrigo Albors A, Tazaki A, Rost F, Nowoshilow S, Chara O, Tanaka EM (2015) Planar cell polarity-mediated induction of neural stem cell expansion during axolotl spinal cord regeneration. Elife 4: e10230

  • Meinhardt A, Eberle D, Akira Tazaki, Ranga A, Niesche M, Wilsch-Bräuninger M, Stec A, Schackert G, Lutolf M, Tanaka EM. (2014) Three dimensional reconstitution of the patterned neural tube from embryonic stem cells. Stem Cell Reports, 3: 987–999.

  • Fei JF, Schuez M, Tazaki A, Taniguchi Y, Roensch K, Tanaka EM. (2014). CRISPR-mediated genomic deletion of Sox2 in the axolotl shows a requirement in spinal cord neural stem cell amplification during tail regeneration. Stem Cell Reports, 3:444-459.

  • Sandoval-Guzman, T., Wang, H., Khattak, S., Schuez, M., Roensch, K., Nacu, E., Tazaki, A., Joven, A., Tanaka, E.M., and Simon, A. (2014). Fundamental Differences in Dedifferentiation and Stem Cell Recruitment during Skeletal Muscle Regeneration in Two Salamander Species. Cell Stem Cell 14:174-187

  • Roensch K, Tazaki A, Chara O, Tanaka EM. (2013). Progressive Specification Rather than Intercalation of Segments During Limb Regeneration Science 34: 1375-1379


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fachkommission, DFG

  • Board of Directors, International Society of Stem Cell Research

  • Scientific Advisory Board, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Medicine

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