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Amy Wagers, PhD
Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
Associate Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University; Principal Investigator, Joslin Diabetes Center; Early Career Scientist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
A public reception will precede this event in the VTC Cafe at 4:30 p.m.
Stem cells are the building blocks of the body’s tissues and hold tremendous promise for the treatment of degenerative disease. This lecture will discuss the basic properties of stem cells that make them attractive for therapy and the possible avenues through which stem cell research may lead to improved medical treatments. Lessons will be drawn from a number of tissue systems, including the skeletal muscle and hematopoietic systems.
About the Speaker:
Amy Wagers received her doctorate in immunology and microbial pathogenesis from Northwestern University in 1999, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. Since 2004, she has been a faculty member in the Section on Developmental and Stem Cell Biology at Joslin Diabetes Center and an associate professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wagers is a recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Science and the Smith Family New Investigator Award. Her current research is focused on defining the factors and mechanisms that regulate the migration, expansion, and regenerative potential of adult blood-forming and muscle-forming stem cells.