Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Vice-Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a Professor of Medical Sciences at Columbia University. She directs the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, and the Stem Cell Imaging Core, and co-directs the NIH Tissue Engineering Resource Center, and the Craniofacial Regeneration Center. She is the lead for bioengineering for the Columbia Stem Cell Initiative. She obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Belgrade in Serbia where she stayed on faculty and became Full Professor in 1993. Upon moving to the USA, she spent twelve years at MIT, to join Columbia University in 2005. The focus of her research is on engineering functional human tissues using stem cells, biomaterials and bioreactors, for regenerative medicine and study of development and disease. She published 2 books, >50 chapters and >300 journal articles (cited >10,000 times, h=61), has 53 patents, and gave >250 keynote and plenary lectures. She is a frequent advisor to government and industry, a study section chair and distinguished editor for NIH, and is serving on editorial boards of 12 scientific journals and numerous advisory boards and councils. In 2000, she was elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. In 2007, she gave the Director’s lecture at the NIH, as the first woman engineer to receive this distinction. In 2008, she was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame “for developing biological substitutes to restore, maintain or improve tissue function”. In 2009, she was elected to the New York Academy of Sciences. In 2010, she received the Clemson Award of the Biomaterials Society “for significant contributions to the literature on biomaterials”. In 2012 she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering “for bioreactor systems and modeling approaches for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine”.
Lecture Title: Tissue Engineering of Bone Using Adipose Derived Stem Cells
When: Friday, October 5th – 10:15 to 10:45 am
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Patrick Seale obtained his Ph.D. from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, Canada in the laboratory of Dr.Michael Rudnicki. During his graduate training, he studied regenerative processes in adult skeletal muscle and demonstrated a key requirement for Pax7 in the development of skeletal muscle stem cells. He then trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Bruce Spiegelman at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. His research there focused on the development and differentiation of adipose lineages. In particular, he identified PRDM16 as an important cell-autonomous regulator of brown adipose cell fate. His studies also revealed a developmental connection between brown adipocytes and skeletal muscle cells.
He was appointed as an assistant professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in September 2009.
Lecture Title: Transcriptional Control of Brown and Beige Adipocyte Fate
When: Sunday, October 7th – 8:05 to 8:30 am
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