Professor Wolf Reik, FRS, FMedSci | Associate Faculty

Reik, Wolf

Wolf Reik is interested in epigenetic gene regulation in mammalian development. His current research focuses on epigenetic heterogeneity in development and ageing, making use of single cell genomics. He is a founding member of the Single Cell Genomics Centre since 2013.  

Wolf obtained his MD from the University of Hamburg, and was an EMBO and Lister Institute Fellow in Cambridge, before becoming Head of the Epigenetics Programme and Associate Director at the Babraham Institute. He is also honorary Professor of Epigenetics at the University of Cambridge. Wolf is an EMBO and Academia Europaea member, and a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Publications

  • Impairment of DNA Methylation Maintenance Is the Main Cause of Global Demethylation in Naive Embryonic Stem Cells.

    von Meyenn F, Iurlaro M, Habibi E, Liu NQ, Salehzadeh-Yazdi A et al.

    Molecular cell 2016;62;6;848-861

  • Maternal DNA Methylation Regulates Early Trophoblast Development.

    Branco MR, King M, Perez-Garcia V, Bogutz AB, Caley M et al.

    Developmental cell 2016;36;2;152-63

  • Parallel single-cell sequencing links transcriptional and epigenetic heterogeneity.

    Angermueller C, Clark SJ, Lee HJ, Macaulay IC, Teng MJ et al.

    Nature methods 2016;13;3;229-232

  • Single-cell genome-wide bisulfite sequencing for assessing epigenetic heterogeneity.

    Smallwood SA, Lee HJ, Angermueller C, Krueger F, Saadeh H et al.

    Nature methods 2014;11;8;817-820

  • FGF signaling inhibition in ESCs drives rapid genome-wide demethylation to the epigenetic ground state of pluripotency.

    Ficz G, Hore TA, Santos F, Lee HJ, Dean W et al.

    Cell stem cell 2013;13;3;351-9

  • The dynamics of genome-wide DNA methylation reprogramming in mouse primordial germ cells.

    Seisenberger S, Andrews S, Krueger F, Arand J, Walter J et al.

    Molecular cell 2012;48;6;849-62

  • Quantitative sequencing of 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine at single-base resolution.

    Booth MJ, Branco MR, Ficz G, Oxley D, Krueger F et al.

    Science (New York, N.Y.) 2012;336;6083;934-7

  • The H19 lincRNA is a developmental reservoir of miR-675 that suppresses growth and Igf1r.

    Keniry A, Oxley D, Monnier P, Kyba M, Dandolo L et al.

    Nature cell biology 2012;14;7;659-65

  • Dynamic regulation of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine in mouse ES cells and during differentiation.

    Ficz G, Branco MR, Seisenberger S, Santos F, Krueger F et al.

    Nature 2011;473;7347;398-402

  • Genome-wide erasure of DNA methylation in mouse primordial germ cells is affected by AID deficiency.

    Popp C, Dean W, Feng S, Cokus SJ, Andrews S et al.

    Nature 2010;463;7284;1101-5

  • Multi-omics profiling of mouse gastrulation at single-cell resolution.

    Argelaguet R, Clark SJ, Mohammed H, Stapel LC, Krueger C et al.

    Nature 2019

  • DNA methylation aging clocks: challenges and recommendations.

    Bell CG, Lowe R, Adams PD, Baccarelli AA, Beck S et al.

    Genome biology 2019;20;1;249

  • Tet3 regulates cellular identity and DNA methylation in neural progenitor cells.

    Santiago M, Antunes C, Guedes M, Iacovino M, Kyba M et al.

    Cellular and molecular life sciences : CMLS 2019

  • Voices in methods development.

    Anikeeva P, Boyden E, Brangwynne C, Cissé II, Fiehn O et al.

    Nature methods 2019;16;10;945-951

  • Distinct Molecular Trajectories Converge to Induce Naive Pluripotency.

    Stuart HT, Stirparo GG, Lohoff T, Bates LE, Kinoshita M et al.

    Cell stem cell 2019;25;3;388-406.e8

  • Screening for genes that accelerate the epigenetic aging clock in humans reveals a role for the H3K36 methyltransferase NSD1.

    Martin-Herranz DE, Aref-Eshghi E, Bonder MJ, Stubbs TM, Choufani S et al.

    Genome biology 2019;20;1;146

  • TET3 prevents terminal differentiation of adult NSCs by a non-catalytic action at Snrpn.

    Montalbán-Loro R, Lozano-Ureña A, Ito M, Krueger C, Reik W et al.

    Nature communications 2019;10;1;1726

  • A single-cell molecular map of mouse gastrulation and early organogenesis.

    Pijuan-Sala B, Griffiths JA, Guibentif C, Hiscock TW, Jawaid W et al.

    Nature 2019;566;7745;490-495

  • Dppa2 and Dppa4 directly regulate the Dux-driven zygotic transcriptional program.

    Eckersley-Maslin M, Alda-Catalinas C, Blotenburg M, Kreibich E, Krueger C and Reik W

    Genes & development 2019;33;3-4;194-208

  • Transcriptional Heterogeneity in Naive and Primed Human Pluripotent Stem Cells at Single-Cell Resolution.

    Messmer T, von Meyenn F, Savino A, Santos F, Mohammed H et al.

    Cell reports 2019;26;4;815-824.e4

  • 5-Formylcytosine organizes nucleosomes and forms Schiff base interactions with histones in mouse embryonic stem cells.

    Raiber EA, Portella G, Martínez Cuesta S, Hardisty R, Murat P et al.

    Nature chemistry 2018;10;12;1258-1266

  • Hepatic gene body hypermethylation is a shared epigenetic signature of murine longevity.

    Hahn O, Stubbs TM, Reik W, Grönke S, Beyer A and Partridge L

    PLoS genetics 2018;14;11;e1007766

  • Cold-induced epigenetic programming of the sperm enhances brown adipose tissue activity in the offspring.

    Sun W, Dong H, Becker AS, Dapito DH, Modica S et al.

    Nature medicine 2018;24;9;1372-1383

  • Genome-Scale Oscillations in DNA Methylation during Exit from Pluripotency.

    Rulands S, Lee HJ, Clark SJ, Angermueller C, Smallwood SA et al.

    Cell systems 2018;7;1;63-76.e12

  • Defective germline reprogramming rewires the spermatogonial transcriptome.

    Vasiliauskaitė L, Berrens RV, Ivanova I, Carrieri C, Reik W et al.

    Nature structural & molecular biology 2018;25;5;394-404

  • Dynamics of the epigenetic landscape during the maternal-to-zygotic transition.

    Eckersley-Maslin MA, Alda-Catalinas C and Reik W

    Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology 2018

  • Comparison of whole-genome bisulfite sequencing library preparation strategies identifies sources of biases affecting DNA methylation data.

    Olova N, Krueger F, Andrews S, Oxley D, Berrens RV et al.

    Genome biology 2018;19;1;33

  • Single-Cell Landscape of Transcriptional Heterogeneity and Cell Fate Decisions during Mouse Early Gastrulation.

    Mohammed H, Hernando-Herraez I, Savino A, Scialdone A, Macaulay I et al.

    Cell reports 2017;20;5;1215-1228

  • Impairment of DNA Methylation Maintenance Is the Main Cause of Global Demethylation in Naive Embryonic Stem Cells.

    von Meyenn F, Iurlaro M, Habibi E, Liu NQ, Salehzadeh-Yazdi A et al.

    Molecular cell 2016;62;6;848-861

  • Parallel single-cell sequencing links transcriptional and epigenetic heterogeneity.

    Angermueller C, Clark SJ, Lee HJ, Macaulay IC, Teng MJ et al.

    Nature methods 2016;13;3;229-232

  • Maternal DNA Methylation Regulates Early Trophoblast Development.

    Branco MR, King M, Perez-Garcia V, Bogutz AB, Caley M et al.

    Developmental cell 2016;36;2;152-63

  • Single-cell genome-wide bisulfite sequencing for assessing epigenetic heterogeneity.

    Smallwood SA, Lee HJ, Angermueller C, Krueger F, Saadeh H et al.

    Nature methods 2014;11;8;817-820

  • FGF signaling inhibition in ESCs drives rapid genome-wide demethylation to the epigenetic ground state of pluripotency.

    Ficz G, Hore TA, Santos F, Lee HJ, Dean W et al.

    Cell stem cell 2013;13;3;351-9

  • The dynamics of genome-wide DNA methylation reprogramming in mouse primordial germ cells.

    Seisenberger S, Andrews S, Krueger F, Arand J, Walter J et al.

    Molecular cell 2012;48;6;849-62

  • The H19 lincRNA is a developmental reservoir of miR-675 that suppresses growth and Igf1r.

    Keniry A, Oxley D, Monnier P, Kyba M, Dandolo L et al.

    Nature cell biology 2012;14;7;659-65

  • Quantitative sequencing of 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine at single-base resolution.

    Booth MJ, Branco MR, Ficz G, Oxley D, Krueger F et al.

    Science (New York, N.Y.) 2012;336;6083;934-7

  • Dynamic regulation of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine in mouse ES cells and during differentiation.

    Ficz G, Branco MR, Seisenberger S, Santos F, Krueger F et al.

    Nature 2011;473;7347;398-402

  • Genome-wide erasure of DNA methylation in mouse primordial germ cells is affected by AID deficiency.

    Popp C, Dean W, Feng S, Cokus SJ, Andrews S et al.

    Nature 2010;463;7284;1101-5

Reik, Wolf
Wolf's Timeline
2014

BBSRC Great British Bioscience Pioneer

Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher

Nobel Forum Karolinska Research Lecture

2011

Associate Faculty, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Elected Member of the Academia Europaea

2010

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society

2008

Honorary Professor of Epigenetics, University of Cambridge

2004

Associate Director, Babraham Institute, Cambridge

2003

Elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Elected Member of EMBO

1994

Wellcome Trust Prize in Physiology

1993

Member Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine

1989

Principal Investigator, Babraham Institute, Cambridge

1987

Fellowship of the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine

1985

EMBO Postdoctoral Fellow at AFRC Animal Research Station, Cambridge

MD University of Hamburg Medical School, Germany