Dr. Bertie Göttgens is a Professor of Molecular Hematology at the University of Cambridge. His lab studies how transcription factor networks control the function of hematopoietic stem cells, and how mutations that perturb such networks cause leukemia. In this episode, he talks about his research and his groundbreaking paper that mapped mouse gastrulation and early organogenesis.

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New Mechanism Identified for Blood Stem Cell Development – Researchers have discovered a new role for the epidermal growth factor receptor in regulating hematopoietic stem cell development.

Mapping the Bone Marrow Microenvironment – Investigators created a map of the stem cell niche in mouse bone marrow, and identified how it is influenced during healthy homeostasis and in leukemia.

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Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Bertie Göttgens