Prof Georg Halder

Georg Halder is Professor of Genetics at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Basel in 1996 under the guidance of Walter Gehring and was a postdoc at the University of Wisconsin, Madison with Sean Carroll. Prior to his current position, he was a faculty member at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas from 2000 until 2012. His main research interests focus on organ growth control, regeneration, and the Hippo pathway.

Dr. Halder has a long-standing interest in organ growth control, regeneration, and cancer. He was instrumental in the discovery and elucidation of the Hippo pathway in Drosophila and in the characterization of upstream regulators of the Hippo pathway such as the NF2 tumor suppressor, mechanical forces, and cell polarity. His laboratory is now focused on the function of the Hippo pathway during organ regeneration and cancer. Dr. Halder has recently extended his investigations to the mouse liver, where he studies cellular plasticity and reprogramming during regeneration and cancer development.