Dr. David Kent is a Principal Investigator at the University of Cambridge in the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (http://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/researchers/principal-investigators/dr-david-kent). His laboratory's research focuses on fate choice in single blood stem cells and how changes in their regulation lead to cancers. David is currently the Stem Cell Institute’s Public Engagement Champion and has a long history of public engagement and outreach including the creation of The Black Hole in 2009. He has been writing for Signals since 2010.
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One of the most memorable moments of my young scientist career was a Keystone Conference in February 2006 in Whistler, BC where I first heard Professor Shinya Yamanaka describe the successful reprogramming of a skin cell into an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC). I’ve written about this moment on Signals before and taken on the…Read more
During the morning plenary session on the final day of ISSCR, we were treated to a delightful mix of basic and translational science as well as a riveting public policy lecture from Alta Charo. The session was all about disease modeling and stem cells and the highlight talk for me was from Guy Sauvageau, who…Read more
. I was reading Nature the other day and came across a neat article from Yukikio Yamashita’s group at the University of Michigan entitled Nanotubes mediate niche–stem-cell signalling in the Drosophila testis. It may not sound interesting to our average reader, but the cool thing – and presumably what the Nature editors and reviewers enjoyed…Read more
. Over the last decade, there has been a lot of talk about how blood stem cells typically live in a low oxygen environment (~1 to 4%) and most of the work that researchers do is performed at normal oxygen levels (e.g., 20% of the air). However, very few researchers have studied this in a…Read more
. I just sat through one of the simplest and most logical talks. Dr. Elly Tanaka, from Heidelberg, took the stage in the plenary session and described an incredible set of data that her lab has generated to understand the molecules involved in limb regeneration – a longstanding dream of the regenerative medicine field. Dr….Read more