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Dr. Todd Evans, "STEM CELL RESEARCH: controlling heart and blood development"

Date: 04/21/05
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
Contact: David M. Clark, x3524,
Web Site: http://

The development of an animal from an undifferentiated stem cell is controlled by an astonishingly small number of signaling pathways that somehow direct differentiation of a large number of specific cell lineages and the formation of many unique and complicated organs. Dr. Evans works at the forefront of efforts to understand the mechanisms that guide this process in the formation of the cardiovascular and hematopoietic systems. The signaling pathways that develop are used throughout life, and disruptions in their various components cause specific human diseases. Dr. Evans' group is developing novel models to manipulate components of these pathways and to discover their specific functions. One goal of this work is to define potential targets for treating debilitating human diseases, including heart disease and leukemia.