Professor Meng Li, Chair in Stem Cell Neurobiology, Neuroscience & Mental Health Research Institute, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
Title: Probing neural development and neurological diseases with pluripotent stem cells
Monday 14 January 2019 – 16 hrs.
Location: Jo Ritzenzaal (Room S.007): Oxfordlaan 55
At 17 hrs. | Closing drink - Bandito Espresso |
Meng Li is a professor of stem cell neurobiology at the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI) at Cardiff University. Prof. Li studied medicine at Peking University and obtained her PhD from University of Edinburgh. She established her independent research group in 2000 with a Career Development Award from the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), followed by a prestigious MRC Senior Non-Clinical Research Fellowship.
Prof. Li is an expert in pluripotent stem cell (PSC) neural development and genetic manipulation of PSCs. The primary research interest of her laboratory is to uncover the molecular mechanisms underlying stem cell differentiation fate choice. These studies led to the establishment of valuable ‘tool boxes’ for lineage-specific marking of neural stem cells and defined neuronal subtypes, and novel methods for generating subtype-specific neurons affected by neurological diseases. The lab apply these knowledge in patient-derived iPSCs and genome-edited PSC disease models for elucidating the cellular basis of neurological diseases and developing better strategies for cell therapies.
Participation is free, but please note that registration is obligatory.