Nikolaus Rajewsky

Director, Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany

As the Founder and Director of the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB), Nikolaus Rajewsky focuses on understanding complex biological systems as a whole.

According to Rajewsky, systems biology exists at the interface between the life sciences and medicine – and forms the basis for precision medicine. His lab is currently exploring how RNA regulates gene expression in health and disease, using high-throughput methods to analyze RNA in millions of individuals cells.

Rajewsky received his doctorate in theoretical physics in 1997 and, after researching mathematical statistical physics at Rutgers University and computational biology at Rockefeller University, he became an assistant professor at New York University’s Department of Biology and the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Rajewsky returned to Germany to found BIMSB in 2008. Since 2017, he has also been co-chairing LifeTime, a pan-European consortium of 200 scientists from 90 research institutes in 21 countries. LifeTime aims to revolutionize healthcare by mapping, understanding, and targeting cells during disease progression.

Rajewsky has received numerous awards and honors, including the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize.