Concurrent Session

Concurrent Group I

The concurrent sessions cover topics from across the spectrum of stem cell research. Each session, framed by a brief topic overview, includes one or two invited speakers whose work highlights leading research in the field. The session is rounded out with four or more abstract-selected speakers who, combined with the invited talks, give an excellent snapshot of the most current work on the topic. The five concurrent sessions run in parallel and attendees are encouraged to move between sessions to hear talks of interest. Concurrent sessions are held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons.

Concurrent ID: Epithelial Stem Cells

13:15 - 15:15


Nick Barker

Institute of Medical Biology, Singapore

As a postdoc with Hans Clevers, Nick identified deregulation of the Wnt signalling pathway as a major initiating event in colon cancer and subsequently joined Semaia Pharmaceuticals in 2001 to develop small molecule inhibitors of the Wnt pathway as colon cancer therapeutics. In 2006, he rejoined Hans Clevers group, where he identified the Wnt target gene Lgr5 as a marker of adult stem cell populations in various organs. In 2010, Nick joined the IMB in Singapore, where he focuses on the role of Lgr5 gastric stem cells in self-renewal and cancer.


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Valerie Horsley

Yale University, CT, United States

Valerie Horsley received her B.S. from Furman University and was awarded her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2003. Her postdoctoral work with Elaine Fuchs at Rockefeller University explored intrinsic factors in epithelial stem cells that control tissue regeneration. In 2009, she began her laboratory at Yale University in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Her laboratory studies tissue regeneration, using epithelial tissues as a model system. Her innovative work focuses on how stromal cells such as adipocytes and immune cells interact to regulate tissue regeneration. Dr. Horsley has received numerous honors including a Pew Scholar award and Presidential Early Career Award from Obama. Dr. Horsley also spends time with her two daughters and is currently a candidate for CT State Senate.


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Ya-Chieh Hsu

Harvard University Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, MA, United States


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Kif Liakath-Ali

King's College London, United Kingdom


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Arshad Ayyaz

Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, ON, Canada


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Sara Wickström

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany

Sara Wickström studied medicine at the University of Helsinki, Finland, receiving her MD in 2001 and PhD in 2004. After postdoctoral training with Reinhard Fässler at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich, Germany, she was appointed as Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne, Germany in 2010. In 2018 her laboratory moved to the newly founded Helsinki Institute for Life Science at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Research in the Wickström lab aims to establish quantitative principles of epidermal stem cell niche self-organization, and how mechanical forces and cellular interactions integrate single cell behaviors to generate and maintain global patterns of a multicellular tissue.


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