Interspecies Chimeras and Genome Editing for Organ Regeneration
April 26, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chimaeras are both monsters of the ancient imagination and a long-established research tool. Recent advances, particularly those dealing with the identification and generation of various kinds of stem cells, have broadened the repertoire and utility of mammalian interspecies chimaeras and carved out new paths towards understanding fundamental biology as well as potential clinical applications.
Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte is a professor in the Gene Expression Laboratory at the Salk Intitute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. His research interests are focused on the understanding of stem cell biology, organ and tissue development, and regeneration. During the last few years, Dr. Izpisua Belmonte has concentrated on studying the molecular basis implicated during organ regeneration in higher vertebrates, the differentiation of human stem cells into various tissues, and the molecular basis underlying aging and somatic cell reprogramming. The ultimate goal of his research is to apply this knowledge towards the development of cell and gene based therapies as well as new molecules for the treatment of diseases.
Dr. Izpisua Belmonte graduated from the University of Valencia, Spain, with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and science, and he earned a master’s degree in pharmacology from the same university before completing his PhD in biochemistry and pharmacology at the University of Bologna, Italy, and the University of Valencia. He then was a postdoctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, and the University of California, Los Angeles, prior to moving to the Salk Institute in 1993. From 2005 to 2014 he was also director of the Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona.
Read more about Dr. Izpisua Belmonte’s research.
The lecture is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required. E-ticket registration will open March 15, 2018.
Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Questions? Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information about these events.