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Max Planck Institute of Molecular
Cell Biology and Genetics
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Pfotenhauerstr. 108
01307 Dresden

Meritxell Huch

Group Leader

Education and Qualifications


Honorary Professor for stem cell research and tissue regeneration at the Medical Faculty of the TU Dresden


PhD, Centre for Genomic Regulation-CRG-, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. (Advisor: Dr Cristina Fillat)
Qualification: Excellent cum laude


Master of Advanced Studies, University of Barcelona (UB).
Qualification: Excellent


BSc in Pharmaceutical Science, University of Barcelona (UB)
Qualification: Excellent. First-Class Honours (Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student) 

Research Experience

since 05/2022

Director at the MPI-CBG

06/2019 – present

Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany

02/2014 – 05/2019

Group Leader, The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge-UK
Affiliated Group Leader at The Wellcome Trust/MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute
Member of the Department of Physiology, Developmental Biology and Neurosciences, University of Cambridge

09/2008 – 01/2014

Postdoctoral Fellow (Marie Curie Fellow-IEF). Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research. Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Advisor:  Prof Hans Clevers

07/2007 – 09/2008

Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain.
Advisor: Dr Cristina Fillat

09/2003 – 07/2007

PhD Student (Spanish Ministry of Health fellow), -CRG-, Barcelona, Spain.
Advisor: Dr Cristina Fillat

01/2002 – 09/2003

Master of Advanced Studies Student (Catalan government fellow), -CRG-, Barcelona, Spain.
Advisor: Dr Cristina Fillat



Patent n: 10171265.1 or EP2412800 A1. Liver organoid, uses thereof and culture method for obtaining them. Huch M, Clevers H.


Patent n: 10703131.2 or EP2393917 A2. Culture medium for epithelial stem cells and organoids comprising said stem cells. Huch M, Clevers H.


Patent n: P200900597 (2009 March). Adenovirus de replicación condicional efectivo en el tratamiento de tumores. (Conditional replication adenovirus for treatment of tumors). Huch M,  Fillat, C.

Prizes & Awards as independent researcher


The BINDER Innovation Prize 2019, German Society for Cell Biology.


Highly Commended 'Researcher of the Year', Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards.


Elected EMBO Young investigator 2019- EMBO-YIP by the EMBO


Dame Sheila Sherlock Prize 2018. The British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL). “Major’s BASL award to recognize your researchers whol will help shaping the future of UK hepatology” (embargoed until 19th-Sep-2018)


The Women in Cell Biology Early Career Medal for 2018. The British Society for Cell Biology. “for pionerring research on stem cell, in particular the work on liver organoids”


The Hamdan Award for Medical Research Excellence Hamdan Awards. “for innovative methods and research that resulted in novel discoveries and inventions”


Wellcome-Beit Prize Wellcome Trust, “for outstanding scientists of the 2014 year as additional recognition to the success in obtaining Wellcome Trust Fellowship to become independent


2014 NC3Rs International Prize. National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research. UK. For growing “mini-livers” in culture