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Stem Cell Lecture

Ruwanthi (Ru) Gunawardane, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Allen Institute for Cell Science, where she leads a highly multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and other specialists working together to understand the basic principles of how cells organize themselves and transition across cell states.

Ruwanthi will introduce the Allen Cell Collection which is a comprehensive resource in the field of cell biology. This collection serves as a valuable repository of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) that have been genetically modified to express fluorescent tags, allowing researchers to observe and study cellular structures and dynamics in unprecedented detail. The collection includes a diverse array of cell lines which are tagged with different reporters specific for various cell types, providing a rich tool and dataset for understanding cellular behavior and function.

By generous funding of the BIH and the Max Delbrück Center, most of the cell lines are available for the BIH/Charité and MDC research community.

About the Speaker

Ru joined the Allen Institute for Cell Science at its inception in 2015 and initially served as the Director of Stem Cells and Gene Editing, leading the team in the generation of the Allen Cell Collection.

Prior to joining the Allen Institute, Ru worked in both large pharmaceutical and startup environments, including Amgen and Ambit Biosciences. During this time, she worked on various projects spanning oncology and cardiac disease.

Ru earned her Ph.D. in Biology from Johns Hopkins University and obtained her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School focused on cancer biology. Ru enjoys combining her experience in both academic and biotech settings with her passion for cell biology in her current role at the Allen Institute for Cell Science.

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November 21, 2023
4 pm

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Organized by
BIH Core Unit Pluripotent Stem Cells & Organoids and MDC Technology Platform Pluripotent Stem Cells

Claudia Schaar
BIH - Core Unit Pluripotent Stem Cells and Organoids (CUSCO)