Molecular reconstruction of the Sleeping Beauty transposable element. Sleeping Beauty not only represents the first DNA-based transposon ever shown to be active in cells of vertebrates, but the first functional gene ever reconstructed from inactive, ancient genetic material, for which an active, naturally occurring copy either does not exist or has not yet been isolated. Technologies based on Sleeping Beauty gene transfer have
been revolutionizing genomic manipulations in vertebrate species. Prof. Ivics has published >80 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals, with a total Impact Factor of >600 and >4500 citations (h-index: 36), and is co- inventor on 9 patents. He got invited to ~25 national and international symposia as an invited speaker or keynote speaker in the last ten years. Since 2000 his research efforts were supported by 16 research grants from the German Research Foundation, the German Ministry of Education and Research, the European Commission, and the Volkswagen Stiftung.