Stem Cell Club: Alapati/Mori
Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Stem Cell Club: Alapati/Mori

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Scientific and Ethical Frontiers in Understanding Human Development
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Our ability to study the first stages of life is profoundly changing. Come learn about the science and discuss the ethics on these frontiers.

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Event Details

WHEN: November 4, 2020 (Schedule)

WHERE: Virtual via BlueJeans Events- Link will be sent to registered attendees

WHAT: A timely and exciting event that will focus on the latest advances in modeling early human development and provide a forum to discuss both the scientific and ethical dimensions of newly developed technologies. Our speakers will examine cutting-edge methods such as extended in vitro embryo models; chimeras of animal hosts seeded with human cells; the use of human induced pluripotent cells (iPSCs) to generate germ cell precursors and embryo-like structures; and curing forms of infertility by uterine transplantation.

This event is free and open to the public. REGISTER to receive a link to the event and submit an abstract for lightning talk consideration. This event will not be recorded. Generously sponsored by New England Biolabs and Penn’s Vice Provost for Research University Research Foundation.


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Welcome and Introductions (9:00 AM)

Session 1- “Frontiers of embryonic development research”

9:15-9:45               Janet Rossant (University of Toronto/Hospital for Sick Children)

9:45-10:05            Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz (University of Cambridge/Caltech)

10:15-10:35           Nicolas Plachta (University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine)

10:35-10:50          Break

10:50-11:10           Kurt Barnhart (University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine)

11:10-11:45           Panel Discussion with Session 1 Speakers and Audience

Lightning Talks (11:45-noon)

Akshata Almad

Louis Prahl

Wenchao Qian

Session 2- “Approaches & Ethics for the Future of Developmental Biology”

1:00-1:30               Jianping Fu (University of Michigan)

1:30-1:50               Kathleen (Kate) O’Neill (University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine)

1:50-2:10               Kataro Sasaki (University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine)

2:10-2:25               Break

2:25-2:45               Guo-li Ming (University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine)

2:45-3:05               Insoo Hyun (Case Western University/ Harvard University)

3:05-3:50               Panel Discussion with Session 2 Speakers and Audience

3:50-4:00               Closing remarks

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Advances in MSK Regeneration: Pisconti
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Dada Pisconti, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Stony Brook University
“No Cell is an Island: Muscle Stem Cells and Their Niche in Health and Disease”
Friday, November 6 @ 12 PM Eastern.
Please check your email or contact for a link to this seminar.


Distinguished Seminar Series: Jayaraj Rajagopal
Nov 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Distinguished Seminar Series: Jayaraj Rajagopal

Open to all. Join us for this IRM-sponsored installment of the Distinguished Seminar Series, which features notable researchers from institutions around the world.

This week, we are hosting Jayaraj Rajagopal, M.D. from Harvard University.

For questions about one-on-one meetings or trainee lunch with our speaker, please contact Diona Cashioli ( Call details will be posted here before the seminar.

Stem Cell Club: Yin/Wang
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Stem Cell Club: Yin/Wang

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Science & Bias: Dannelle Gutarra Cordero
Nov 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


“STEM and Institutional Anti-Blackness: Curricular Reform in Light of the History of Scientific Racism”

Dr. Gutarra Cordero specializes in the Intellectual History of the Modern Caribbean and the Atlantic World, and her research and teaching interests include the topics of slavery, scientific racism, gender, sexuality, and colonialism.

Meeting ID: 940 4665 2728
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Stem Cell Club: Chakrabarti/Nagarajan
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Stem Cell Club: Chakrabarti/Nagarajan

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Stem Cell Club: Koehler/Kuri
Jan 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Stem Cell Club: Ito/Sasaki
Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

IRM Stem Cell Club

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4 PM EST


Junpei Ito, DVM, PhD (University of Tokyo)

Kotaro Sasaki, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania)


Advances in MSK Regeneration: Loiselle
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Alayna Loiselle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Center for Musculoskeletal Research (SMD)
University of Rochester Medical Center

“Multi-modal and multi-scale identification of pro-fibrotic mechanisms of tendon healing”

Friday, February 19 @ 12 PM Eastern.