Join us to hear from Alexey Terskikh, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in San Diego. His topic: Microscopic Imaging of Epigenetic Age.
A light lunch will be served in the foyer following A/Prof Terskikh’s presentation.
Alexey Terskikh earned his Ph.D. at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland in 1996, in the laboratory of Prof. J.P. Mach, where he designed a new type of high-avidity recombinant molecule called Peptabody. He received postdoctoral training with Prof. Irving Weissman at Stanford University, where he discovered a common genetic program between hematopoietic and neural stem cells. Dr. Terskikh holds an Assistant Professor position in the Brain and Mind Institute at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland (2002-2006) and was recruited to SBP as Adjunct Assistant Professor in 2002 and as a full time Assistant Professor in 2006.
During development and in many adult tissues, stem cells are capable of self-renewal or differentiation depending on the extrinsic signals provided by the surrounding microenvironment (e.g., the stem cell niche). Many cancers are thought to be maintained by cancer initiating cells (sometimes called cancer stem cells), which often hijack stem cell self-renewal mechanisms. The Terskikh laboratory is interested in elucidating the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying self-renewing and differentiation decisions using neural stem cells as a model, in particularly studying how this knowledge can be used to fight cancer.