Dieter C. Gruenert Ph.D.

Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Dr Dieter Gruenert is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UCSF and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont. He received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from UC Berkeley in 1982 and was postdoctoral fellow (1982-1984) in the Department of Carcinogenesis at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research in Lausanne, Switzerland. He originally joined the faculty at UCSF in 1986 where he developed many of the human (CF and non-CF) airway epithelial cell lines used in CF and airway disease research throughout the world. He was the Co-Director of the Gene Therapy Core Center at UCSF from 1992-1999, and served as a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Human Molecular Genetics at the University of Vermont from 2000-2003. From 2003-2010 he was a Senior Scientist and Head of the Stem Cell Research Program at the California Pacific Medical Center before returning to UCSF. His research focuses continues to focus on human cell and molecular biology as they relate to the development of gene and cell-based therapies for inherited diseases like cystic fibrosis. His work has led to development of novel diagnostic and oligo/polynucleotide-based therapeutic strategies, as well as to numerous immortalized and therapeutic pluripotent human cell systems. He has > 150 publications, holds 5 patents, reviews grants for numerous national and international agencies, and is currently an external member of the National Agency for Evaluation of Italian Ministry for Education, Universities and Research. He was awarded a European Respiratory Society Visiting Professorship at the Necker Hospital in Paris and holds Visiting Professorship at Tor Vergata University in Rome.