Adult Courses

Stem Cell Science One-Day Course

February 25, 2017


What are stem cells, and what promise do they hold for the treatment of medical conditions? In this one-day course, we will explore the basic biology of stem cells, understand new research techniques, and address the ethical concerns that surround them. Learn what has already been accomplished to treat diseases, and where the research is headed for the future from three stem cell experts at the frontiers of the field.

About the speakers

Zehra Dincer

Dr. Zehra Dincer is the stem cell educator at American Museum of Natural History in New York City. She earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology from Weill Cornell Biomedical Sciences/ Sloan Kettering Institute. Her doctoral work focused on deriving precursors of sensory organs and pituitary hormones from human embryonic stem cells. She holds a patent for her discovery.

Andrew Sproul

Dr. Andrew Sproul is assistant professor of pathology and cell biology and director of the Stem Cells and Cellular Models Platform in the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at the Columbia University Medical Center. His research focuses on generating pluripotent stem cell models (PSC) of Alzheimer’s disease. This includes generation of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines and by using genome-editing technologies to create allelic libraries of isogenic disease and control PSC lines. These human-specific tools may help elucidate pathological mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease and provide a better platform for therapeutic development.

Sally Temple

Dr. Sally Temple is the co-founder and scientific director of the Neural Stem Cell Institute, located in Rensselaer, New York, and president of The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). A native of York, England, Dr. Temple leads a team of 30 researchers focused on using stem cells to develop therapies for retina, brain, and spinal cord disorders. She is the recipient of the 2003 Jacob Javits Merit Award from the National Institute of Health, a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship and a 2010 Citizen Laureate Award. Her numerous articles have been published in such journals as NatureCell Stem CellNeuron, and Cell.

Esteban Mazzoni

Dr. Esteban Mazzoni is assistant professor of biology at New York University. His research focuses on stem cell biology, cell fate differentiation, and developmental neuroscience. He received his training in developmental biology from New York University and training in cellular biology and physiology from the University of Buenos Aires. 

The Museum greatly acknowledges The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. for its support to establish The Sackler Brain Bench, part of the Museum’s Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins, in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. This project is supported by the Empire State Stem Cell Fund through New York State Department of Health Contract # DOH01-C30157GG-3450000.