Janet Rossant (University of Toronto)

Janet Rossant (University of Toronto)

Butler Seminar Series

Event Date/Location

November 15, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Thomas Laboratory 003

Speaker

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    Janet Rossant

    Professor
    Univ of Toronto
    Hospital for Sick Children

    Janet Rossant, CC, PhD, FRS, FRSC is Senior Scientist and Chief of Research Emeritus at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and President and Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation. She is an internationally recognized developmental and stem cell biologist, exploring the origins of stem cells in the early embryo and their applications to understanding and treating human disease. She led the research institute at the Hospital for Sick Children from 2005 to 2015. She has received many honours and recognition for her work, including five honorary degrees, and election to the Royal Societies of London and Canada, and the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 

Topic

Towards a single cell resolution of cell fate decisions in the early mouse embryo

By studying the mouse blastocyst and its derived stem cells, we have been able to identify signaling pathways and transcription factors that specify pluripotent versus extraembryonic cell fate. New tools of single cell genomics and live imaging and are providing insights into the dynamics of these processes in unprecedented detail.

Audience

Free and open to the university community and the public.

Host

Jared Toettcher, Department of Molecular Biology