4th Annual University of Rochester Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Symposium
June 27, 2014

The 2014 annual Stem Cell Symposium will be held in the Class of '62 Auditorium on Friday, June 27 from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (including a poster session and lunch) and will feature an outstanding external speaker, members of our own faculty and talks from multiple trainees in the stem cell training programs of the University of Rochester.

The external speaker this year is Gordon Keller, Ph.D. (University of Toronto). Dr. Keller is one of the leaders in the field of embryonic stem cell and induced pluripotent stem cell research, and has made substantial contributions to our understanding of generation of endodermal, vascular and hematopoietic lineages from pluripotent stem cells and during normal development.

Two of our internal faculty speakers (Jianwen Que, Michael O'Reilly) will present their work at the University of Rochester on stem cells in the endodermal tissues of lung and esophagus in development, tumorigenesis and response to injury. Our third internal faculty speaker (Andrei Seluanov) will present the newest work on Rochester’s most unique model organism, the naked mole rat.

The current class of NYSTEM trainees (Luisa Caetano-Davies, Jenna Frame, Zhonghe Ke, Brittany Krupp and Jerry Madukwe), representing five different laboratories and scientific quests, will also give short presentations on the work that led to them being selected as training grant recipients.

Finally, this year introduces a new speaker category for this symposium, with a full talk presented by a student, or team of students, that has demonstrated in an exceptional manner the great potential of the UR graduate student body. To inaugurate this new speaker category, a talk will be shared by the team of Christopher Folts (NYSTEM trainee, 2011-2013) and Nicole Scott (one of URMC’s recipients of a personal NIH F31 trainee fellowship) who over the past three years went from initiating studies on a new disease area (lysosomal storage disorders) all the way to discovery of new general principles underlying these complex diseases and identification of novel candidate therapeutic approaches. Their work as Ph.D. students has thus far led to two research grants.

We encourage the submission of posters (click here for registration form). Cash prizes will be awarded for graduate student and post doc posters.

The event is sponsored and organized by the University of Rochester Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute (URSCMI), the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and the Department of Biomedical Genetics.

2014 annual Stem Cell Symposium Lecturer

Gordon Keller, Ph.D.

Dr. Gordon Keller, Toronto Medical Discovery Tower, Department of Medical Biophysics

Modeling Human Development and Disease with Pluripotent Stem Cells


Download schedule of events.

All talks will be held on Friday, June 27th in the Medical Center's Class of '62 Auditorium.

Morning Session 10:00am - 12:30pm

10:00am Mark Noble

Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:05am - 11:00am

NYSTEM Trainee Presentation

11:00am - 11:30am Jianwen Que
Department of Biomedical Genetics

Basal stem cells in inflammation and tumorigenesis

11:30am - 12:00pm Michael A. O'Reilly
Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology

The oxygen environment at birth is a redox regulator of lung stem cell expansion

12:00pm - 12:30pm Andrei Seluanov
Department of Biology

Stem cells maintenance in the naked mole rat: clues for long life and cancer resistance

Poster Session, Flaum Atrium 12:30 - 2:30pm

Afternoon Session 2:30pm - 4:30pm

2:30pm - 3:10pm Nicole Scott & Christopher Folts
Biomedical Genetics

New approaches to the understanding and potential treatment of lysosomal storage disorders

3:15pm - 4:15pm Gordon Keller

Modeling human development and disease with pluripotent stem cells

Presentation of Poster Awards

Please contact Daina Bullwinkel (273-1447) with any questions.