Gilbert B. Forbes Visiting Scholar: Leonard Zon, MD

The Department of Pediatrics hosts its next Gilbert B. Forbes Visiting Scholar, Leonard Zon, MD, on Wednesday, May 23rd from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425). Dr. Zon’s talk is entitled, “Pathways Regulating Stem Cell Self-Renewal and Migration.”

Dr. Zon is the Grousbeck Professor of Pediatric Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Director of the Stem Cell Program, Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Zon received a B.S. in Chemistry and Natural Sciences from Muhlenberg College (1979) and an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College (1983). He subsequently did an internal medicine residency at New England Deaconess Hospital (1986) and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (1989). His postdoctoral research was in the laboratory of Stuart Orkin (1990). Dr. Zon is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in the fields of stem cell biology and cancer genetics. He has been the pre-eminent figure in establishing the zebrafish as an invaluable genetic model for the study of the blood and hematopoietic development. He is founder and former President of the International Society for Stem Cell Research and Chair of the Executive Committee of the newly formed Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI). In 2005, he completed a term as President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. In that same year, Dr. Zon was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. In 2008, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and in 2010, Dr. Zon was awarded the E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize from American Society of Hematology.


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