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BME Seminar Series: A Chemical Approach to Controlling Cell Fate

Speaker Name: 
Sheng Ding
Speaker Title: 
Professor
Speaker Organization: 
UC San Francisco, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Start Time: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:00pm
End Time: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Biomed 200
Organizer: 
Daniel Kim

Abstract

Recent advances in stem cell biology may make possible new approaches for the treatment of a number of diseases. A better understanding of molecular mechanisms that control stem cell fate as well as an improved ability to manipulate them are required. Toward these goals, we have developed and implemented high throughput cell-based screenings of chemical libraries, and identified and further characterized small molecules that can control stem cell fate in various systems. This talk will provide latest examples of discovery efforts in my lab that have advanced our ability and understanding toward controlling stem cell fate, including self-renewal, survival, differentiation and reprogramming of stem cells.

 

Biography

Dr. Sheng Ding is currently William K. Bowes, Jr. Distinguished Investigator and Professor at Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, and Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California San Francisco. He obtained his B.S. in chemistry with honors from Caltech in 1999, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute in 2003. Before moving to Gladstone/UCSF in early 2011, Ding was an Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor of Chemistry at Scripps from 2003 to 2011. Dr. Ding has pioneered on developing and applying innovative chemical approaches to stem cell biology and regeneration, with a focus on discovering and characterizing novel small molecules that can control various cell fate/function, including stem cell maintenance, activation, differentiation and reprogramming in various developmental stages and tissues. Ding has published over 100 research articles, reviews and book chapters, and made several seminal contributions to the stem cell field. Ding is a cofounder of Fate Therapeutics and Stemgent.