Control and Regulation of Stem Cells with Richard Young Interviewed by Catherine Cormier

Richard Young’s research combines novel high-throughput biological methods with new computational techniques to investigate the mechanisms that control genes in living cells. Recent results from his group include the discovery of the core regulatory circuitry of human embryonic stem cells and insights into the mechanisms that control human development. Dr. Young believes that knowledge of regulatory circuitry will provide the foundation for future therapeutic strategies against major human...

Control and Regulation of Stem Cells with Max S. Wicha Interviewed by Jan Witkowski

Dr. Max S. Wicha is the founding Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and distinguished professor of oncology. His lab was part of the team that first discovered stem cells in breast cancer, the first described in any human solid tumor. He is a leading expert in normal and malignant breast stem cells. Dr. Wicha is also active as a clinician, specializing in the treatment of breast cancer.

Control and Regulation of Stem Cells with Irving L. Weissman Interviewed by Catherine Cormier

Irving L. Weissman, M.D., is the Director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Director of the Stanford Cancer Center and Director of the Stanford Ludwig Center for Stem Cell Research. Dr. Weissman was a member of the founding Scientific Advisory Boards of Amgen (1981-1989), DNAX (1981-1992), and T-Cell Sciences (1988-1992). He co-founded SyStemix in 1988, StemCells in 1996, and Celtrans (now Cellerant), the successor to SyStemix, in 2001. He is a...

Control and Regulation of Stem Cells with Fiona Watt Interviewed by Jan Witkowski

Fiona Watt obtained her undergraduate degree from Cambridge University and her DPhil from the University of Oxford. She was a postdoctoral fellow with Howard Green at MIT and it was there that she first studied mammalian epidermis. After running a lab in London for many years, she moved to Cambridge in 2007. She is deputy director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research. Fiona Watt’s long standing research interest is in...

Control and Regulation of Stem Cells with Amy Wagers Interviewed by Richard Sever

Dr. Amy Wagers is an Investigator in the Section on Developmental and Stem Cell Biology at Joslin Diabetes Center as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University and a Principal Faculty member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. She received her doctoral degree in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis from Northwestern University, and completed postdoctoral fellowship training in the laboratory of Dr. Irving Weissman, M.D., at...

Control and Regulation of Stem Cells with Elly Tanaka Interviewed by Jan Witkowski

Elly Tanaka performed her doctoral work with Marc Kirschner in the Department of Biochemistry, UCSF until 1994. From there she went on to do post-doctoral research with Jeremy Brockes at the Ludwig Institute and University College London. In 1999 she started a junior research group at the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Boiology and Genetics, Dresden where she was promoted to associate level in 2004. In 2008 she was appointed Chair, Animal Models of Regeneration in the newly...

Control and Regulation of Stem Cells with Azim Surani Interviewed by Jane Alfred

Azim Surani obtained his PhD in Mammalian Development at the University of Cambridge. He is the Marshall-Walton Professor at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, since 1991, and a Professorial Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. He is an Associate Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (1992), Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (2001), a Member of EMBO (1993), and of Academia Europea (1994). He was appointed the Sir Dorabji Tata...

Control and Regulation of Stem Cells with Bruce Stillman Interviewed by Catherine Cormier

Dr. Bruce Stillman is President of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on the north shore of Long Island in New York. A native of Australia, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with honors at Sydney University and a Ph. D. at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University. He then moved to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 1979 and has been at the Laboratory ever since, being promoted to the scientific staff in 1981. Dr. Stillman has...

Control and Regulation of Stem Cells with Allan Spradling Interviewed by Jane Alfred

Allan Spradling has contributed extensively to the technology of genetic manipulation in Drosophila melanogaster and applied these methods to fundamental problems of germ cell and stem cell development. With Gerry Rubin, he showed that transposable elements can function as transformation vectors, and used this approach to carry out the first successful gene therapy in a multicelluar organism. Using a novel method of insertional mutagenesis, which he and Rubin also incorporated into the...

Control and Regulation of Stem Cells with Davor Solter interviewed by Jane Alfred

Davor Solter, M.D. (1965), Ph.D. (1971) both from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Assistant and associate Professor in the Departments of Anatomy and Biology, University Zagreb Medical School 1966-1973. In 1973 moved to the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia and became Member and Professor in 1981 as well as Wistar Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1991 he was appointed Member of the Max-Planck Society and Director of the Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology in Freiburg. He is...