In this special episode of the Stem Cell Podcast, we speak with three PhD students — Nathasia Mudiwa Muwanigwa, Sarthak Sinha, and Naveed Tavakol — about their research into brain organoids, organ-on-chip systems, and regeneration in different mammals.
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Dr. Sergiu Pașca is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and the Bonnie Uytengsu and Family Director of the Stanford Brain Organogenesis Program. His team has developed methods for generating human brain organoids, and uses them to study the programs underlying brain development, assembly and dysfunction.
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Dr. Madeline Lancaster is a Group Leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK. The Lancaster lab has developed cerebral organoids as a model system to better understand human brain evolution, development, and neurodevelopmental disorders. She joined us to discuss her research presentated at the ISSCR 2020 conference.
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Dr. Freda Miller, from the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute and the University of Toronto, studies the cellular mechanisms that regulate development of the mammalian nervous system, with a particular interest in stem cells and trophic factors.
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Dr. Jeanne Loring is a Professor Emeritus and Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Scripps Research Institute, and the co-founder of Aspen Neuroscience. Her lab works on a diverse range of projects using iPSCs, including developing cell replacement therapies for Parkinson’s disease, sending neural organoids into space, and partnering with the San Diego zoo to make iPSCs from engangered species.
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