Oliver Harschnitz

Oliver Harschnitz is a group leader at Human Technopole at the Centre for Neurogenomics. His research group focuses on the development and application of a wide range of cutting-edge human pluripotent stem cell models to better understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie viral and autoimmune encephalitis and to identify the drivers of chronic inflammation in the brain. As a clinician-scientist, his research is aimed at finding therapeutic targets that may be directly translated to patients who suffer from neuroimmunological disease.

Oliver obtained his medical degree at the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands) in 2009 and completed his PhD in the groups of Leonard van den Berg and Jeroen Pasterkamp at Utrecht University Medical Center (The Netherlands) in 2017, while gaining clinical experience as a neurology resident. During his PhD, Oliver developed human pluripotent stem cell models to study inflammatory neuropathies and motor neuron disease. From 2017 to 2021, he continued his postdoctoral research in the lab of Lorenz Studer at Sloan Kettering Institute (USA) studying host-virus interactions in the central nervous system using human pluripotent stem cell models and forward genetic screens.

Fellowships and Awards

2021: Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars Fellowship

2020: NYSTEM Postdoctoral Training Award

2020: Brain Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Award

2018: Best poster presentation at MSKCC Postdoc Research Symposium

2018: Brain Center Rudolf Magnus Biannual Award for Best Thesis

2017: Best presentation at Annual BRCM PhD Symposium

2014: Best presentation at Dutch Neurology Society Scientific Meeting

2014: Arthur K. Asbury Award at Peripheral Nerve Society Scientific Meeting


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