Elly Tanaka, currently Professor of Animal Models of Regeneration. She received her Ph.D. from University of California in San Francisco where she worked with Marc Kirschner in the Department of Biochemistry. She did her post-doctoral research on limb regeneration with Jeremy Brockes at the Ludwig Institute and University College London.
In 1999 she moved to the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden where she started a junior research group working on axolotl spinal cord regeneration. In 2004 she was promoted to associate level. In 2008 she became Chair of the Animal Models of Regeneration in the Center for Regenerative Therapies, Dresden at the University of Technology. She has developed molecular genetic tools to study axolotl limb and tail regeneration.