Associate Professor, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, University of Reading

Dr Widera is an Associate Professor in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Reading. His areas of expertise are adult stem cells, expansion of stem cells for their clinical use, and the role of inflammation in health and disease.

He has published over 60 research manuscripts and has presented his research as invited talks at numerous international conferences in the UK, Germany, USA, Italy, Finland, San Marino, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil, and China.


  • 2015–present
    Visiting professor, Stavropol State Medical University
  • 2019–present
    Associate professor, University of Reading
  • 2015–2019
    Lecturer, University of Reading
  • 2012–2015
    Adjunct professor, Bielefeld University


  • 2017 
    University of Reading, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2011 
    Bielefeld University, Habilitation (German full professorial qualification) and `venia legendi` (highest German teaching qualification and permission for lecturing at universities for a lifetime)
  • 2007 
    Witten/Herdecke University, PhD in Neurobiochemistry
  • 2004 
    Witten/Herdecke University, Diploma in Biochemistry (MSc equiv)
  • 2002 
    University of Cologne, Prae-Diploma in Biological Sciences (BSc equiv)