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Erik Westin
Works at University of Alabama at Birmingham
Attended University Of Iowa
Lives in Birmingham, AL
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Not much else to do on a cold, icy night in Birmingham, AL.
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Presented an interesting paper in Journal Club recently by Jacob Hanna's lab.  Subtle differences exist between mouse ES and human ES cells wherein mouse ES cells are more 'stem' than human ES cells.  Hanna et al. were able to use a cocktail of inhibitors and cytokines to coax human ES and iPS cells to acquire characteristics similar to mouse ES cells.  These more immature and more 'stem' cells may be better suited for cell differentiation related to cell therapies.
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Stem cell research is wrong.
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+Cell Stem Cell gave me and some other stem cell scientists a chance to write a short blurb and offer our perspectives regarding social media and science.  My particular focus was on the lack of a solid commenting structure at journal websites that included the authors of submitted manuscripts.  This in my opinion could quickly initiate a dialogue that would permit the authors to address any questions from the peanut gallery.  Any other suggestions on how to build a better social media experience for scientists and/or the general public interested in science

http://www.cell.com/cell-stem-cell/fulltext/S1934-5909(13)00460-8
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Tanx...I like to add to my knowledge base...I luv science, biology, astronomy and so on. I'm curious and fasinated;-)
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Thought of the day: time travelers on earth will land in outer space unless they accurately calc earth's location in universe on other side cc +Neil deGrasse Tyson Fan Club b
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XKCD reminds us that it wasn't long ago that we were a big snowball orbiting the sun http://xkcd.com/1225/ 
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Finally read something unrelated to work or Game of Thrones. Well worth the GoT hiatus.

Ready Player One: A Novel http://www.amazon.com/dp/0307887448/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_at_ws_us?ie=UTF8
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Looking forward to seeing what Cline's next book is about but get the feeling that if its not set in OASIS it might not be as interesting. 
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If you are interested in kicking the CRISPR tires, I wrote a guest post on the stemcellassays.com blog about this new genome editing tool
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Déjà vu 
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I just donated to 'The gift of clean water'. Give $1 to support charity: water together! – One Today by Google https://onetoday.google.com/p/6xxRBHKs
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get out the pitchforks...heads are going to roll.  
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I haven't yet read this book (found out about it today) by fellow Birminghamer David Brooks but looks interesting and free only today on Amazon Kindle.
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The Mrs. gets to see all the cool beasties out in the wild #jealous  +Google Maps 
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highway 20 going eastbound...hoping +Google Maps got a nice action shot of my wife 'multitasking' #keepitat10o'clock-2o'clockkids
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Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham studying the mechanism and potential correction of bone marrow failure syndromes using stem & iPS cell models.  In graduate school, I previously studied the role telomeres play in the bone marrow failure syndrome dyskeratosis congenita and the subsequent role that oxidative stress (reactive oxygen species) plays in carrying short/dysfunction telomere signaling.
Education
  • University Of Iowa
    Genetics, 2005 - 2010
  • University Of Northern Iowa
    Biology, 1996 - 2000
  • Culver-Stockton College
    1995 - 1996
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  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010 - present
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Cedar Falls, Iowa - Iowa City, Iowa - Ankeny, Iowa - Webster City, Iowa - Canton, MO - Angers, France - Koobi Fora, Kenya - Birmingham, AL
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