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International Seminar Series

This lunchtime seminar series is our flagship monthly event, featuring a leading international speaker from the stem cell field and attracting an audience from around Cambridge and beyond. 

  • Seminar: 1 hour seminar from an eminent stem cell scientist chosen by our group leaders
  • Frequency: One or two per month
  • Attendance: Up to 120 leading stem cell scientists, from PhDs to Professors
  • Extras: Networking lunch immediately afterwards for further questions and discussion

Held at the Clifford Allbutt Building lecture theatre, Cambridge Biomedical Campus unless otherwise stated.

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Tue 24 October 12:30-1:30pm                                 

Francois Guillemot, Francis Crick Institute

Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Tennis Court Road

"Molecular and functional heterogeneity of adult brain stem cells"

Hosted by Anna Philpott

Mon 13 November 12:00 - 1:00pm

George Daley, Harvard Medical School

Laboratory for Molecular Biology lecture theatre

Hematopoietic Stem Cells from Pluripotent Stem Cells

Tues 14 November 12:30-1:30pm                        

Kim Bak Jensen, University of Copenhagen

At the origin of intestinal epithelial stem cells and beyond

Hosted by Maria Alcolea

Wed 13 December 12:30-1:30pm

Clincial School, Lecture Theatre 2, Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Thomas Graf, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona

Title TBC

Hosted by Austin Smith


Past seminars

Mon 16 January 12:30-1:30pm                                

Ilaria Malanchi, Francis Crick Institute

"The social life of metastatic cells, but how well do we know their neighbours?"

Hosted by Maria Alcolea

Tues 14 February 11.30-12:30pm Biochemistry                           

Magdalena Goetz, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

"Mechanisms of neurogenesis and neuronal repair"

(also part of Gurdon Institute Post Doc Association seminar series – in Biochemistry lecture theatre)

Hosted by Anna Philpott

Mon 06 March 1-2pm

Manju Kurian, University College London

"Developing Neuronal Cell Models and Precision Medicine Strategies for Childhood Neurological Disorders"

Hosted by David Rowitch

Wed 05 April 4-5pm

Naihe Jing, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences

"Lineage segregation of post-implantation mouse embryo revealed by spatial and temporal transcriptome"

Biochemistry lecture theatre

Hosted by Austin Smith

Tues 11 April 12:30-1:30pm                                     

Steven Pollard, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine

"Transcriptional control of neural stem cell self-renewal: a therapeutic target in brain cancer?"

Hosted by Austin Smith

Thurs 18 May 12:30-1:30pm                                    

Michael Rendl, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

"Mesenchymal Niche Control of Hair Follicle Formation, Growth, and Regeneration"

Hosted by Maria Alcolea

Tues 13 June 12:30-1:30pm                                    

Maria Elena Torres-Padilla, Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells, Munich

"Epigenetic mechanisms regulating cellular plasticity: lessons from the early mouse embryo"

Hosted by Jenny Nichols

Thurs 13 July 12:30-1:30pm                                  

Margaret (Peggy) A Goodell, Baylor College of Medicine

"Immortal Stem Cells and Their Epigenetic Regulation"

Hosted by Brian Huntly

William Harvey Lecture Theatre, Clinical School

Tues 12 September 12:30-1:30pm

Sebastian Jessberger, University of Zurich

"Defining the cellular principles of neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus"

Hosted by Stefano Pluchino

Tues 29 August 12:30-1:30pm

Toshio Suda, Cancer Science Institute of Singapore

"Metabolism of hematopoietic stem cells under stress"

Hosted by Simon Mendez Ferrer

Thurs 31 August 12:30 - 1:30pm

Benoit Bruneau, Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, University of California, San Francisco

"Transcriptional regulation of heart development and chromatin structure"

Hosted by Austin Smith