Poul Hyttel – University of Copenhagen

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Poul Hyttel

Professor of Anatomy


University of Copenhagen
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Group of Stem Cells and Embryolog
Grønnegårdsvej 7
1870 Frederiksberg C

E-mail: poh@sund.ku.dk
Phone: (+45) 3533 2547

Poul Hyttel graduated as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1979 and received his PhD degree from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in 1982, where he lectured as an Assistant and later Associate Professor until 1990. Since 1990, he has been the Professor of Anatomy at the Department of Anatomy and Physiology at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University; now Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (DVAS), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen.

Poul’s current research activities include pluripotent porcine and human stem cells. A fully equipped stem cell laboratory approved for genetically modified cells has been established at DVAS. The major contemporary projects focus on (1) establishment of human patient-specific neural in vitro cell models for neurodegenerative disorders by the use of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC); (2) basic studies of porcine iPSC for the development of the pig as a translational model for iPSC-based cell therapy; and (3) in vitro production of bovine embryos, where the technologies for oocyte maturation, fertilization and embryo culture in vitro are optimized and quantitative genomics is applied for precise selection of high quality embryos.

Since 1985, Poul Hyttel has attracted a great amount of money for research projects. Most recently, he has received a significant grant from Innovation Fund Denmark to BrainStem, a transnational stem cell center of excellence in neurology of which he is the director. He has authored numerous of refereed international articles and has been the principal supervisor of 25 Ph.D. students (2 on-going programs).

In 1997-1998 Poul Hyttel was President of the International Embryo Transfer Society, in 2011 he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Antwerp, Belgium and in 2015 he was knighted 1st Class Order for his services to Denmark.