Stem Cell Club

Stem Cell Club is held every second Wednesday of the month, 12:00 pm - 1:15pm

Please contact Alessandra Rodriguez y Baena, Julien Menendez, or the the IBSC if you would like to receive Stem Cell Club announcement or if you would like to present.

Faculty advisor: Camilla Forsberg

Stem Cell Club will resume in Fall 2021

Past Speakers:

October 14, 2020

Speaker: Sudhir Thakurela, Ph.D. (

Lab: Postdoc at Alex Meissner lab at Harvard Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology

Title: "When do differentiating stem cells establish a barrier to reprogramming?

Speaker: Gerrald Lodewijk, Ph.D. (

Lab: Shariati Lab at UCSC

Title: "A primate-specific KRAB zinc finger gene linked to brain development affects HES1 autoregulation"

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November 4, 2020 (November 11, 2020 is a holiday)

Speaker: Melanie Eckersley-Maslin, Ph.D. (

Lab: Senior Postdoc at Babraham Institute in UK, soon to be group leader at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Australia

Title: "Epigenetic priming of early embryonic cell fate transitions"

Speaker: Eric Martin, M.S. (

Lab: Grad Student at Forsberg Lab at UCSC

Title: “Indecision 2020... epigenetics and fate decisions in hematopoiesis."

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December 9, 2020

Speaker: Liz Kirby, Ph.D. (

Lab: PI at Kirby Lab at The Ohio State University (

Title: "Adult neural stem cells shape their niche through a potent secretome."

Speaker: Paola Angulo ( and Natalie Fillipi (

Lab: Junior specialists (previous undergraduates) at Haussler-Salama Wet Lab at UCSC

Title: "Do retrovirus invasions shape human evolution and early development?"

January 13, 2021

Speaker: Tisha Bohr, Ph.D. (

Lab: Postdoc at Adler lab at Cornell University

Title: "Planarian stem cells sense the identity of missing tissues to launch targeted regeneration"

Speaker: Shaheen Sikandar, Ph.D ( - POSTPONED

Lab: PI at Sikandar Lab at UCSC

Title: "A minority population of immature cells in breast cancer initiates metastasis"

February 10, 2021

Speaker: Clara Lopes Novo, PhD (

Lab: Research Fellow at Imperial College London

Title: "Heterochromatin organization in embryonic stem cells"

Speaker: Shaheen Sikandar, Ph.D (

Lab: PI at Sikandar Lab at UCSC

Title: "A minority population of immature cells in breast cancer initiates metastasis"

March 10, 2021

Speaker: D'Juan Farmer, PhD (

Lab: Postdoc at Crump Lab at USC

Title: Molecular and cellular control of skeletal progenitors in the vertebrate skull

Speaker: Rut Molinuevo Llaria, PhD (

Lab: Postdoc at Hinck Lab at UCSC

Title: Physiological DNA damage regulates endoreplication and milk production during lactation

April 14, 2021

Speaker: Ryan Hoffman (

Lab: Grad Student at Haussler-Salama Lab at UCSC

Title: "Using stem cell derived organoids to understand the ventricle's role in human forebrain development"

Speaker: Dr. Srinjan Basu, PhD (

Lab: Group leader in stem cell science at the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

Title: Probing genome organisation and dynamics in pluripotent cells at the single-cell and single-molecule level

May 12, 2021

Speaker: Matthew Bell (

Lab: Technical Sales Specialist at NanoLive

Title: "Label-free 3D Live Cell Imaging in Drug Discovery: Introducing the CX-A, saying good bye to phototoxicity and end point assays"

Speaker: Quinton Smith, PhD (

Lab: Smith lab at UC Irvine

Title: TBD

June 9, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Bryce Manso

Lab: Postdoc at Forsberg Lab at UCSC

Title: "Determining how inflammation controls age-specific platelet production by hematopoietic stem cells"

Speaker: Dr. Li Xin

Lab: PI at Xin Lab at Washington University

Title: TBD