CENTER FOR CELL REPROGRAMMING SEMINAR SERIES
Linheng Li, Ph.D., Investigator & Co-leader, Cancer Biology, Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
The University of Kansas School of Medicine
A set of intriguingly titled children's books. That's what sparked Linheng Li's curiosity and started him on a quest for answers to formidable questions.
"When I was growing up, it wasn't like today, when kids can get on the Internet and search for information. But there was a series of books called Ten Thousand Unknown Questions that I really liked to read," says Li. "The books raised so many questions, but offered no answers. That got me thinking about mysteries and how to solve them."
Today, Li's curiosity and his drive to tackle tough problems are helping him unravel some of the most closely guarded secrets of stem cells.
Stem cells are a special class of cells that occur naturally in the body but have amazing qualities that set them apart from other cells. In biological terms, they themselves are "unspecialized," but they can develop into cells with specific functions, such as brain, blood or muscle cells. What's more, they can keep dividing and renewing themselves, which makes them handy for repairing injured tissue and replacing worn out or damaged cells. It's this capacity for repair and regeneration, coupled with their longevity, that makes stem cells potentially useful in medical applications that range from fixing facial deformities to mending diseased hearts to treating neurodegenerative diseases.
The Center for Cell Reprogramming's Seminar Series brings outstanding scientists to Georgetown to present their latest research findings and meet with faculty members. Our Seminar Series is held once a month at the Georgetown University Medical Center campus.
Tuesday, February 26 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Building D, Warwick-Evans
4000 Reservoir Road, N.W., Washington