CSCI Faculty Recruitment Symposium January 13

January 6, 2020

The Columbia Stem Cell Initiative hosts the first of two faculty recruitment symposiums for the position of Assistant Professor. Faculty and trainees are invited to join, no RSVP required. 

Monday, January 13, 2020

Hammer Health Sciences Center, Room 401

9:00 am           Chia-Wei Cheng, PhD

Deciphering the metabolic language of intestinal stem cell fate decisions

Koch Institute at MIT, Cambridge, MA

From the laboratory of Dr. Omer H. Yilmaz at the Koch Institute (MIT). Dr. Chen is a recipient of a K99/R00 award and is co-mentored by Dr. David M. Sabatini (Whitehead Institute). Her research is to understand how adult stem cells perceive the nutritional states and adjust their decisions for tissue regeneration. She is particularly interested in a novel regenerative program mediated by the fasting and refeeding, a phenomenon referred to as “adaptive multi-organ regeneration.

10:00 am         Juan Alvarez Dominguez, PhD

Circadian control of organoid physiology

Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Cambridge, MA

From the laboratory of Dr. Doug Melton in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (Harvard University). His research seeks to find a cure for diabetes by developing advanced methods to elicit functional maturation of human pancreatic islet organoids. His work centers around 3 fundamental questions: 1) How do tissues and organs become functionally specialized? 2) How do circadian rhythms contribute to organoid maturation? 3) How do circadian disturbances lead to systemic metabolic syndromes?

11:20 am         Aparna Bhaduri, PhD

Understanding cell type heterogeneity in the developing human cortex and glioblastoma

University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

From the laboratory of Dr. Arnold Kriegstein at the University of California San Francisco. She is a recipient of a K99/R00 award, and an Allen Institute Next Generation Leaders Advisory Council Member. She proposes an interdisciplinary research program at the intersection of normal human cortical development and brain cancer, using both data analysis and experimental approaches. Her goal is to apply single-cell omics to understand cell identity, exploring developmental trajectories to make improved in vitro cortical organoid models and analyzing the interplay between normal and cancer stem cell programs.

12:20 pm        Arshad Ayyaz, PhD

Revival stem cells: true companions in stress for all the right and wrong reasons

Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada

From the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Wrana at Centre for Systems Biology, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI), Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto, Canada). His research focusses on the genetic and molecular regulation of intestinal stem cells to define principles of the stem cell function and their survival to genotoxic stress and inflammation, identify genetic alternations that cause human disease, and develop novel therapeutic targets to treat degenerative disorders, for example inflammatory bowel disease and dysplasia, and promote endogenous tissue repair.


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