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Stem Cell Biology Core Course

Section ID: 210, Winter 2020

January 7 - March 12, 2020


Course Director, Karl Willert, PhD

Professor of Cellular & Molecular Medicine

The UC San Diego Stem Cell Program's CMM 250 Stem Cell Biology Core Course provide students with a modern perspective on stem cell biology from basic biology to translational medicine.


A seminar style course with invited faculty from several institutions on the La Jolla Mesa, including UC San Diego, the Salk Institute, the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Institute, the Scripps Research Institute and the La Jolla Institute of Allergy and ImmunologyFrom a basic perspective, faculty associated with this program are interested in molecular and cellular mechanisms of self-renewal, cellular reprogramming, cell fate and differentiation, 3D organization of organoids, and disease modeling, among other fundamental unanswered questions. 
Stem Cell biology course faculty associated with the training area study a range of topics, from the fundamental biology of stem cells in development and in adult tissues, to the role of stem cells in pathological states, and therapeutic targeting of stem cells in disease settings, including cancer, neurological diseases, and heart failure. A guiding principle throughout their research is the use of cutting-edge technology and multi-disciplinary approaches to address fundamental principles of development and identify mechanisms that drive disease processes.