Stem Cell : Programming and Reprogramming

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Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte

Juan Carlos Izpisúa BelmonteJuan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte graduated from the University of Valencia, Spain and received his Ph.D. from the University of Bologna, Italy and the University of Valencia, Spain in 1987. He conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Marburg, European Molecular Biology Laboratories (EMBL) and University of California, Los Angeles. Currently, he is a professor in the Gene Expression Laboratory at Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla USA and Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona, Spain. He studies how genes and molecules orchestrate the development of an embryo.

Dr. Izpisua Belmonte’s research has helped to discover some of the molecules that instruct embryonic stem cells to give rise to specific cell types during embryo development, and how these cells interact with one another to form tissues and organs with proper morphology and function. This ensures that our body's organs develop and function correctly and, at the same time, are placed in their correct positions. His work has also given insight into the molecular basis implicated during organ regeneration in higher vertebrates, the differentiation of human stem cells into various tissues, and the molecular basis underlying somatic cell reprogramming.

In addition to improving our knowledge on early human development, the research activities of Dr. Izpisua Belmonte's laboratory are relevant to understanding the causes that underlie human birth defects, as well as to the future development of regenerative medicine.

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Supporting publications

Cell
Cell : Stem Cell
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
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