Intro:

Back in June 2019, we attended the International Society for Stem Cell Research’s (ISSCR) annual conference in Los Angeles, California! Here is the first of three special episodes featuring interviews with some of the top researchers in the stem cell field, as well as with up-and-coming junior trainees who talked to Daylon about their research and experience at the conference.

Junior Trainees:

We asked Junior Trainees the following question:
WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING RESEARCH THAT YOU’VE SEEN AT ISSCR?

Dr. Amritha Jaishankar; Associate Director, Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund
Aaron Sandoval; Undergraduate Student, University of Florida
Ana Rita Leitoguinho; Graduate Student, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Alejandro Torres; Graduate Student, University of California, Los Angeles
Oriana Genolet; Graduate Student, Max Planck Institute
Ojeni Touma; Intern, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Vivian Lu; Graduate Student, University of California, Los Angeles

Senior Researchers:

Dr. Senta Georgia, PhD; Principal Investigator, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Dr. Georgia is investigating how pancreatic beta cells differentiate during organogenesis, how they increase their cell numbers during normal growth and in response to metabolic stress, and how they can be regenerated as a cellular therapy for diabetic patients.

Dr. Tenneille Ludwig, PhD; Director, WiCell Stem Cell Bank
Dr. Ludwig’s expertise is in optimizing human pluripotent cell culture conditions, focusing on media development and biobanking. She created the first defined, feeder-free culture system for human embryonic stem cells.

Dr. Kim Jensen, PhD; Associate Professor, Danish Stem Cell Centre
Dr. Jensen seeks to identify and characterize the regulatory mechanisms that control cell fate during development, homeostasis and diseases such as cancer. He focuses on the epithelia of the gastrointestinal tract.

Sir John Gurdon, PhD, DSc, FRS; Distinguished Group Leader, University of Cambridge
Sir John Gurdon was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his pioneering work in nuclear transplantation and cloning. His research focuses on nuclear reprogramming of somatic cells by oocytes and eggs of amphibians.

Dr. Daniel Besser, PhD; Managing Director, German Stem Cell Network
Dr. Besser studies signal transduction mechanisms in pluripotency and reprogramming of human and mouse embryonic stem cells. At the German Stem Cell Network, he works on creating synergies between basic and applied stem cell research and fostering scientific communication and outreach.