The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 62: 387 - 391 (2018)

Vol 62, Issue 6-7-8

Special Issue: Regeneration

Elly Tanaka’s passion for exploring animal regeneration

Open Access | Interview | Published: 21 June 2018

Nadia Mercader*,1 and Florenci Serras*,2

1Institute of Anatomy, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland and 2Department of Genetics, Institute of Biomedicine (IBUB), University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


This interview, performed by the guest editors of this Int. J. Dev. Biol. Special Issue on Regeneration, narrates the story of Elly M. Tanaka on her regeneration research journey. The main goal is to get a glimpse of the thoughts and scientific history of this leading figure in regeneration biology. In addition to her scientific history, we will learn about her captivating determination to ask relevant questions in science and her use of animal models for solving complex problems.


interview, scientific history, axolotl, limb regeneration, spinal cord regeneration

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