After earning M.D. and a Ph.D. in Japan, Dr. Nakauchi went to Stanford University as a postdoctoral scholar and isolated CD8 genes. After returning to Japan, he started working on hematopoietic stem cells in his laboratory at RIKEN. In 1994, he became a Professor of Immunology at the University of Tsukuba where he demonstrated that a single hematopoietic stem cell could reconstitute the entire hematopoietic system, a definitive experimental proof for the “stemness”. Since April 2002, he has been a Professor of Stem Cell Therapy in the Institute of Medical Science at The University of Tokyo (IMSUT). In 2008, he was appointed Director of newly established Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at IMSUT. In 2014, he returned to Stanford University as a faculty to continue his stem cell research at the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Goals of his work are to translate discoveries in basic research into practical medical applications. Dr. Nakauchi has pioneered an approach that may allow stem cells from a patient to become the seeds for new, genetically matched organs that are grown in large animals. Once mature, those organs could be transplanted into the patients as an autologous organ with no rejection.
Wednesday, June 19
2:20 PM – 2:45 PM