STEM Lecture Series: Stem Cells & Fertility

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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University Union Ballroom
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STEM Lecture Series: Stem Cells & Fertility

Tuesday, March 19, 6 p.m.  ♦  University Union, Ballroom


The first presentation of the spring 2013 Topics in Regenerative Medicine lecture series at Sacramento State will take place on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom 1. This is the third of four lectures on regenerative medicine to be held this academic year. The title of the talk is "Stem Cells and Fertility" presented by Dr. Renee Reijo Pera, George D. Smith Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Director of the Stanford University Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education, and Director of the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

Reijo Pera received her PhD from Cornell University and was a Damon Runyon Fellow in Human Genetics at the Whitehead Institute at MIT before joining the faculty at UCSF in 1997. She was recruited to Stanford University to direct the Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education in April 2007. She has received numerous awards for her work including the American Stem Cell Research Foundation Award, Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, American Society for Reproductive Medicine Bruce Stewart Award, and was cited by Newsweek magazine as one of twenty influential women in the USA for her work in understanding human development. Her laboratory is focused on understanding how cell fate decisions are made in the embryo, in particular how programming and reprogramming occurs in the early embryo and subsequently how the germ cell lineage (which gives rise to eggs and sperm) is allocated from the somatic lineages (which comprise the rest of the body).

Presented by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Excellence, the Topics in Regenerative Medicine lectures are funded through a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) grant in collaboration with the UC Davis Stem Cell Program. This event is free and open to the public. The postcard/parking permit advertising the event is attached. Please forward it along to all interested parties. Questions can be directed to The Center for STEM Excellence at (916) 278-2789 or e-mail . For more information on the Topics in Regenerative Medicine lecture series, contact Dr. Christine Kirvan at

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