Zhao-Qi Wang led the research group "Genome Stability" at FLI for more than 15 years. Wang is also professor at Friedrich Schiller University, Faculty of Biosciences, in Jena, Germany. His research group at the FLI investigated the biological processes triggered in the cell when DNA is damaged. These processes play an important role in cancer development. Now the internationally recognized expert on DNA repair mechanisms terminates his work as a research group leader at the FLI.
Initially educated in China, Zhao-Qi Wang earned his doctorate at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Starting in 1988, he spent formative years in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Erwin F. Wagner at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg and at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (I.M.P.) in Vienna. Here, the biochemist and geneticist perfected the knockout technology to produce genetically modified mice, which served as models to investigate the molecular basis of cancer development. From 1997 until the beginning of 2006, Wang served as chief of the unit “Gene-Environment Interactions” at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France. He then came to Jena as a research group leader and professor.
Speakers at the Farewell Colloquium include Erwin F. Wagner as a mentor, as well as long-time colleagues and collaborators of Zhao-Qi Wang and some of his students.
When: Thursday, March 16, 2023, 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP), lecture hall, Albert-Einstein-Str. 6, Jena, Germany
Organizers: Christoph Englert (Group Leader: Molecular Genetics), Paulius Grigaravicius (Wang Research Group: Genome Stability), Eileen Stöckl.