JCCC "Leaders in the Field" Research Seminar Featuring Dr. Kenneth Zaret
Programming and Reprogramming Cell Fate
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90095
Kenneth S. Zaret, Ph.D.
Joseph Leidy Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Associate Director, Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Co-Director, Epigenetics Program, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Kenneth Zaret’s laboratory discovered special gene regulatory proteins called “pioneer factors” that are among the first to bind genes in embryonic development; pioneer factors loosen the local chromosomal structure and allow genes to be activated. His laboratory also identified a dynamic signaling network that extends from the external cell environment to the genome and induces liver and pancreas tissues in the embryo. Recent studies from Zaret’s laboratory have unveiled molecular barriers that can be overcome to help convert one type of cell into another. His laboratory has also used stem cell technology to develop a new experimental model for human pancreatic cancer.
Light lunch served
Sponsored by the JCCC Gene Regulation Program Area