QBI - Seminar

The brain‐body network in human physiology and disease



9:00 AM-10:00 AM

The QBI/SBI Seminar Series presents Faranak Fattahi, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco. Faranak's research is focused on the development of new strategies to direct the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells toward specialized cell types and their application in disease modeling, drug discovery and regenerative medicine. Her lab at UCSF is focused on establishing effective models of the human peripheral nervous system (PNS) development and disease using hPSCs and utilizing these models to determine the mechanisms of lineage specification and dissect molecular and cellular processes responsible for cell-type specific manifestations of disease. In the long-term, she plans to build on my expertise to engineer more complex and comprehensive hPSC-based models of human organs that combine multiple, defined cell types, stimulation modalities and biological readouts. Such advanced human cell-based models will enable in depth genetic and cellular studies of the human physiology and disease and offer a framework for hPSC based disease modeling across many tissues types and disease states.

Talk Title: The brain‐body network in human physiology and disease

Host: Walter Kolch, MD, F.R.S.E.

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