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.
+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
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.
University Of Iowa
Genetics, 2005 - 2010
University Of Northern Iowa
Biology, 1996 - 2000
1995 - 1996
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010 - present
Cedar Falls, Iowa - Iowa City, Iowa - Ankeny, Iowa - Webster City, Iowa - Canton, MO - Angers, France - Koobi Fora, Kenya - Birmingham, AL