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Dept. of Life Science Frontiers 
Knut Woltjen (Associate Professor)

Curriculum Vitae
May 1997 - August 1997Burroughs Wellcome Research Student, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta
(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Synthesis of cyclodextrin derivatives for use in drug-mediated gene delivery (Dr. James Diakur Lab)
April 1998B.Sc., Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Cloning and characterization of genes induced during apoptosis in a rat model of light-induced retinitis pigmentosa
(Dr. Paul Wong Lab)
May 1998 - August 1998Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Research Student, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Recombination-based library screening for the isolation of phage targeting vectors (Dr. Derrick E. Rancourt Lab)
October 2001 - March 2003Monbukagakusho Research Student, Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan)
Development of a gene-targeted mammalian expression vector
(Dr. Teruhisa Tsuzuki Lab)
January 2005 -
August 2006
Molecular/Gene Targeting Consultant, Centre for Mouse Genomics, University Of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Consulting services provided for principle investigators establishing or performing experiments using genetically modified mouse models
April 2006Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Recombination based targeting vector construction and stem cell biology (Dr. Derrick E. Rancourt Lab)
September 2006 -
March 2010
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Mount Sinai Hospital, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Non-viral and footprint-free reprogramming methods using piggyBac transposition and excision, mouse genome engineering methods (Dr. Andras Nagy Lab)
February 2009 -
March 2010
iPS Cell Facility Manager, The Hospital For Sick Children, Ontario Human iPS Cell Facility (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Management of Facility operations, scientific conduct and community outreach (Co-Scientific Directors: Dr. James Ellis and Dr. William L. Stanford)
April 2010 - March 2013Principle Investigator, Assistant Professor, Woltjen Lab
Dept. of Reprogramming Science, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan)
April 2013 - Principle Investigator, Associate Professor, Woltjen Lab
Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Dept. of Life Science Frontiers, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application,
Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan) Current Position
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