Asifa Akhtar obtained her BSc in biology at the University College London in 1993, and her Ph.D. at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, in 1998, studying transcription regulation. She continued in the field of chromatin regulation as a postdoc at EMBL (Heidelberg) and the Adolf Butenandt Institute (Munich). In 2001, she became a group leader at EMBL. Currently, Asifa Akhtar is a director at the Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, (MPI-IE) Freiburg. Her laboratory studies chromatin and epigenetic mechanisms, especially focusing on the regulation of the X-chromosome. In 2008, she received the ELSO award. In 2013, she was elected EMBO member and in 2017, she received the Wilhelm Feldberg Prize.
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