For his extensive work on asymmetric cell division, he won the Wittgenstein Prize in 2009. In Austria, it is the highest award given in the field of science.
Focus on Brain Development and Neural Stem Cells
Jürgen Knoblich and his associates focus on the most intricate and fascinating organ in the human body: the brain. Neural stem cells are the cornerstone of their research, making it highly relevant in medicine. They are trying to understand how a comparatively small and limited number of progenitor and stem cells are capable of building the sophisticated structure of the human brain. For their studies, they use Drosphila, mouse, and human genetics to gain insights on neural stem cell development.