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AIAS Fellow Rasmus O. Bak receives international award

Geneticist Rasmus O. Bak receives ‘Young Investigator Award 2017’ by The European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy.

The ’Young Investigator Award’ is one of the most prestigious prizes given to young researchers working within the field of gene and cell therapy. This year, the prize awarded by The European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) goes to Rasmus O. Bak, AIAS Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedicine, at Aarhus University.

As a geneticist, Rasmus O. Bak works on developing novel methods to make genetic changes to treat genetic diseases; this is also known as ‘genome editing’. In his research, Bak is focusing on using CRISPR/Cas9, which is a new tool for genome editing, that researchers apply to stem cells in the blood. A method that potentially can be used to cure genetic blood diseases.

Rasmus O. Bak has just commenced his AIAS Fellowship on 1 October after a three-year postdoctoral research stay at Stanford University, California, USA. Along his AIAS-COFUND Fellowship, Rasmus will now establish his own research group at Aarhus University.

The ’Young Investigator Award’ is awarded on 20 October 2017 as a prize of personal achievement of €1000 at the ESGCT’s 25th Annual Congress in Berlin.


Rasmus O. Bak, AIAS Fellow, Assistant Professor
Phone: +45 93 92 91 00

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) and
Aarhus University, Dept. of Biomedicine