Gerlinde Wernig, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Gerlinde Wernig is an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Stanford University Medical Center. After receiving her residency training in internal medicine (Germany) and pathology (US) specializing in hematology/oncology and hematopathology, she sought postdoctoral training in leukemia research and joined Gary Gilliland’s lab where she was involved in the discovery of the now famous JAKV617F mutation. She then joined Irv Weissman’s laboratory for her second postdoc and also started her pathology residency training at Stanford University. Now, Dr. Wernig has her own lab which focuses on understanding the pathomechanisms of end stage organ fibrosis with the ultimate goal to help identify new targets for effective therapies. They have found that the transcription factor c-JUN is specifically activated in human idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and many other human fibrotic diseases and that induction of c-Jun in mice mimics the pathological hallmarks of these diseases.

We recently made the discovery that blocking of inflammatory and “don’t eat me” signals can cure fixed fibrosis in mice a lethal model of lung fibrosis.