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Nadja Zeltner

Assistant Professor

  • Post Doc Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY 2018
  • Ph.D. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY 2009
  • Masters University of Zürich, Department of Zoology, Switzerland 2004

In the Lab

The peripheral nervous system (PNS) comprises all nerves outside the brain and spinal cord and is essential for innervation and regulation of all organs of the body. For example, the PNS is crucial for relaying sensory information, for maintaining body homeostasis and for reacting to stress as well as for relaxation. The Zeltner labs research interests center around the PNS, with the goal to advance the understanding of human disorders affecting the PNS and find novel treatments. We are using human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) to generate cell types specifically affected in disorders of the PNS, including sensory neurons, sympathetic neurons and adrenal gland tissues. These cells are utilized to establish human in vitro disease models to gain molecular mechanistic insight into the diseases and to conduct drug screening approaches. Visit the Zeltner Lab

Research Interest

  • Peripheral nervous system
  • Human pluripotent stem cells
  • Disease modeling
  • 2D and 3D in vitro differentiation
  • Stress disorders
  • Sympathetic nervous system
  • Sensory nervous system
  • Adrenal gland biology

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