In June 2021, we attended the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) virtual annual meeting, and recorded daily video episodes discussing highlights of the previous 24 hours. Here is the last of five special episodes from the meeting featuring Dr. Nicolas Rivron from the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, who presented during the Plenary IV: Self-Organization of Developmental Processes session.


Dr. Nicolas Rivron is a Group Leader at IMBA. The Rivron group recreates embryonic development using mammalian stem cells in a dish to better understand the encoded principles of self-organization. They observe both blastocysts and blastoids to study how self-organization contributes to multicellular patterning and cellular decision making. They address these questions using high throughput microsystems, single cell genomics, single cell high-content imaging, and synthetic biology.

We discuss his talk and his thoughts on the meeting.

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Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Nicolas Rivron