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Baskin Engineering in the News: Stem Cell Research

Friday, October 23, 2009

Camilla ForsbergCamilla Forsberg, assistant professor of biomolecular engineering, presented to a packed auditorium about her work with stem cells during the Baskin School's Fourth Annual Research Review Day. Her talk was covered by the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

The Forsberg lab focuses on stem cell fate decisions of the blood system. Hematopoietic stem cells are responsible for generating a life-long supply of mature blood cells, and can mature into a variety of different blood cells: some specialize in carrying oxygen, others fight off infections, and still others prevent bleeding in the process of blood clotting. In seeking to understand how hematopoietic stem cells "decide" what to become, Professor Forsberg hopes to enable the prevention and treatment of genetic and acquired disorders related to the blood system, including anemia, autoimmune disease, leukemias and lymphomas.