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Past Seminar Speakers


  • Alysson R Muotri, Ph.D

    Alysson R Muotri, Ph.D

    September 16, 2021
    "Neuro-archealization: Resurrecting Genetic Variations in Human Brain Organoids"
    Understanding the evolutionary path and the tradeoffs of the modern human brain will likely illuminate the origins of human disease. Alysson Muotri explains his research using stem cells to model Neanderthal brains in an effort to better understand our origins as well as our future.
  • Chuck Murry, MD, Ph.D

    Chuck Murry, MD, Ph.D

    July 8, 2021
    COVID-19 to Heart Regeneration: The Pluripotent Uses of Human Stem Cells” 
    Dr. Murry is a cardiovascular pathologist whose clinical interests span ischemic heart disease, cardiac transplantation, atherosclerosis, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, valvular disease and non-atherosclerotic vascular disease.
  • Connie Eaves, Ph.D

    Connie Eaves, Ph.D

    June 10, 2021
    MYC-induced human acute myeloid leukemia requires a continuing IL-3/GM-CSF costimulus” 
    Connie Jean Eaves, FRSC FRS CorrFRSE, is a biologist with significant contributions to cancer and stem cell research. Eaves is a professor generics of genetics at the University of British Columbia and is also the co-founder with Allen C Eaves of Terry Fox Laboratory.
  • Randolph Ashton, Ph.D

    Randolph Ashton, Ph.D

    May 13, 2021
    Bioengineering Early CNS Morphogenesis for a Scalable Neural Tube Defect Risk Assay” 
    Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering & Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
    Associate Director, Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Lorenz Studer, M.D.

    Lorenz Studer, M.D.

    April 8, 2021
    A Multiplex Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Platform Defines Molecular and Functional Subclasses of Autism-Related Genes” 
    Lorenz Studer is a Swiss biologist. He is the founder and director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
  • Madeline Lancaster, Ph.D.

    Madeline Lancaster, Ph.D.

    March 11, 2021
    Human CNS barrier-forming organoids with cerebrospinal fluid production” 
    Madeline Lancaster is an American developmental biologist studying neurological development and diseases of the brain. Lancaster is a group leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK.
  • Eric Olson, PhD

    Eric Olson, PhD

    February 11, 2021

    "Dynamic Transcriptional Responses to Injury of Regenerative and Non-regenerative Cardiomyocytes Revealed by Single-Nucleus RNA Sequencing"

    Annie and Willie Nelson Professorship in Stem Cell Research; Pogue Distinguished Chair in Research on Cardiac Birth Defects; The Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Science


  • Hans Clevers, MD, PhD

    Hans Clevers, MD, PhD

    January 18, 2021
    “Mutational signature in colorectal cancer caused by genotoxics pks + E.coli
    Principal Investigator at the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research (KNAW) and the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, Professor at Utrecht University and Oncode Investigator
  • Dr. Elaine Fuchs

    Dr. Elaine Fuchs

    January 1, 2021
    “Stem Cells as Architects of Their Niches and Their Mechanical Forces
    Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at The Rockefeller University
  • Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD

    Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD

    December 6, 2020
    “Cell Stress Impairs Cell Type Identity in Organoids
    Professor, Neurology, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, Director, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program
  • Charles Kwok Fai Chan

    Charles Kwok Fai Chan

    October 30, 2020
    “Articular Cartilage Regeneration by Activated Skeletal Stem Cells
    Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Stanford
  • Kevin Petrecca, MD, PhD, FRCS(C)

    Kevin Petrecca, MD, PhD, FRCS(C)

    September 28, 2020
    “Deconstructing Glioblastoma Heterogeneity to Develop New Treatments
    Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery (McGill University
    Associate Chair-Neurosurgery of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery (McGill University). Chief of the Department of Neurosurgery (McGill University Health Centre)
  • Xiang Dong Fu, PhD

    Xiang Dong Fu, PhD

    August 20, 2020
    “Reversing a Model of Parkinson's Disease with In Situ Converted Nigral Neurons
    Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at UCSD
  • Bradley R. Cairns, PhD

    Bradley R. Cairns, PhD

    February 3, 2020
    “A Cell Atlas of the Developing Human Testis
    Dr. Cairns is chair of the oncological sciences department at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and an investigator with the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
  • Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, MD, PhD

    Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, MD, PhD

    July 11, 2019
    “Modeling human neurogenetic diseases in mouse and human induced pluripotent
    stem cells”
    Chair, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences, Professor, Neurosciences and Pediatrics
    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals
  • Khalid Shah, PhD

    Khalid Shah, PhD

    June 13, 2019
    “Gene Edited Cells: Next Generation of Cancer Therapeutics” 
    Professor of Cell Biology and Genetics, Director, Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics and Imaging Harvard Medical School, Director, Center for Excellence in Biomedicine, Vice Chair of Research, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Principal Faculty, Harvard Stem Cell Institute  Lab website
  • Haifan Lin, PhD

    Haifan Lin, PhD

    April 11, 2019

    “The Piwi-piRNA pathway: a new Paradigm of Gene Regulation" 
    Professor of Cell Biology and Genetics, Director, Yale Stem Cell Center, Yale University School of Medicine  Lab Website

  • Sally Temple, PhD

    Sally Temple, PhD

    March 14, 2019

    “Neural stem cells in aging and modeling neurodegenerative disease"
    Scientific Director, Neural Stem Cell Institute, Professor of Neuroscience & Neuropharmacology, Albany Medical College  Lab Website

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  • April Pyle, PhD

    April Pyle, PhD

    February 11, 2019

    “Development of Therapeutic Approaches for Muscle Disease using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells”
    Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles Lab Website 


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