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Using Primary Cells for Bioengineering

Event Type
1000 MNTL
Feb 18, 2013   3:00 pm  
Dr. Mahendra S. Rao, Director of the NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine
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Dr. Rao is internationally renowned for his research involving human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and other somatic stem cells.  He  has  worked  in  the  stem  cell field for more than 20 years, with  stints in academia, government and regulatory affairs and industry. He received his M.D. from Bombay University in  India  and  his  Ph.D.  in  developmental  neurobiology  from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.  Following postdoctoral training at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, he established his research laboratory in neural development at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. He next joined the National Institute on Aging as chief of the Neurosciences Section, where he studied neural progenitor cells and continued to explore his longstanding interest in their clinical potential. He then spent six years as the vice president of Regenerative Medicine at Life Technologies, Carlsbad, Calif. Most recently, he returned in  August  2011  to  the  National  Institutes  of  Health (NIH),  as  Director  of  the new NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine (NIH CRM). He co-founded Q Therapeutics, a neural stem cell company based in Salt Lake City.  He  also  served internationally on advisory boards for companies involved in stem cell processing and therapy, on committees including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Cellular Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee chair, and as the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine and International Society for Stem Cell Research liaison to the International Society for Cellular Therapy.

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