Ihor Lemischka to deliver spring Dean's Lecture

May 14, 2009

An internationally known expert in stem cell research is the featured speaker at the spring Dean’s Lecture. Ihor R. Lemischka of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, will present “Dissecting Cell Fate Regulation in Stem Cells” on at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the hospital auditorium. A reception will be held in the auditorium anteroom immediately following the lecture.

Lemischka is the director of the Black Family Stem Cell Institute, Lillian and Henry M. Stratton professor of gene and cell medicine, and professor of developmental and regenerative biology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. An internationally renowned stem cell biologist, he has patented techniques to isolate stem cells and has significantly advanced the study of stem cell activity and behavior.

A vocal advocate of stem cell research, Lemischka believes the latest findings about stem cells are just the tip of the iceberg of all the medical advances that will come from stem cell research. He is working to establish Mount Sinai as the leading stem cell institute in the United States, which he hopes will serve as a model worldwide.

Stem cell research has clinical implications for many diseases. The first step is to understand what makes the stem cell “decide” what type of cell it will become and how it communicates with neighboring cells. Lemischka hopes to characterize the stem cell’s decision-making process and regulatory network, which will then help scientists manipulate stem cell decisions and develop therapies that could treat diseases.

The Dean’s Lecture series is jointly sponsored by the Office of the Dean and the Faculty Organization of the College of Medicine.

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Last Updated May 14, 2009