In this double-header, UW graduate students share recent research on tissue growth. According to Christina Jones, stem cells have the potential to offer treatment for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. She’ll explain how stem cells use communication to develop into different cell types, providing insight into how this could lead to better disease and cell therapy. Jones, a PhD graduate student in Pharmacology, will explain the process of “how cells decide who to be” and give insight into how organisms develop.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States (according to the Centers for Disease Control). Jesse Macadangdang, Bioengineering graduate student, says this is because the heart is unable to regrow or heal itself. Macadangdang is on a quest to better understand heart disease, by studying how to grow a piece of heart muscle in the lab. Building a synthetic heart for study could give insight into heart disease and improve patient treatment options.
Presented by: Town Hall and UW’s Engage: The Science Speaker Series, as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, with the University of Washington. Series sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Learn more: About Engage.