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2nd Royan International Summer School


  •  Date: 17-22 July 2011
  • Scientific Manager: Sahar Kiyani, PhD
  • Executive Manager: Faranak Tavakkolifar, MSc
  • Number of Participants: 285
  • Invited Speakers:

    2 Dr.MaryFamilari Dr Mary Familari is a Lecturer in the Dept. Zoology at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include the study of embryos and stem cells and more recently, the scholarship of teaching. She is an outstanding teacher and was voted one of the top 10 lecturers at the University of Melbourne in 2012.
    The Familari Lab investigates how the testis, ovary and placenta are formed in several species: dunnart, mouse and humans.
    They are interested in the function of Tob1, a gene expressed in developing and adult germ cells, and Esrp1 which is expressed in stem cells found in the adult testis in mouse.
    They also study the function of human placenta-derived extracellular vesicles that are a form of cellular communication between the mother and fetus during pregnancy, and the effect of pollution – both of which appear to play an important role in the pathophysiology of preclampsia in humans.
    They are interested in the formation of the trophoblast in the early marsupial embryo.They use cellular molecular biology approaches, animal models and human ex-vivo models.

    2 Dr.SureshJesuthasan Suresh Jesuthasan obtained an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, California, in 1990. His interest in biology was spurred by two summers at the Hopkins Marine Station, in Monterey. He then went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, where he obtained a D. Phil. in Zoology working in the laboratory of Julian Lewis. During this time, he spent two summers at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, learning microscopy and embryology. Suresh began experimenting in neuroscience during a four-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tuebingen, Germany, in the department of Friedrich Bonhoeffer. He joined A*Star in February 2009.

    2 GroundsMiranda Prof Miranda Grounds, For over 30 years, the research of M Grounds has focussed on factors controlling the repair of damaged skeletal muscle and on potential treatments for muscle diseases such as Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy and muscle wasting, with a focus on in vivo studies and tissue analyses. Her research has pioneered many studies into factors controlling skeletal muscle regeneration with a particular emphasis on myogenesis in post-natal skeletal muscle in vivo, and an ongoing interest in the role of the extracellular matrix. Research on cell therapies developed the Y-chromosome probe for tracking male nuclei and identified the massive and rapid death of injected donor cells in Myoblast Transfer Therapy. Other projects investigate stem cell therapies (MG published the first bone-marrow reconstitution experiments to look for bone-marrow derived muscle stem cells in 1983) and Tissue Engineering for skeletal and cardiac muscle. Current research includes the in vivo role of IGF-1 isoforms, a focus on inflammation and anti-cytokine therapies, metabolism, and oxidative stress, all with applications to skeletal muscle wasting with ageing, muscular dystrophy and especially age-related loss of muscle mass and function (Sarcopenia).

    2 NewgreenDr Don Newgreen obtained his PhD at the University of Melbourne's Zoology Department and has held postdoctoral research positions at the Institute d'Embryologie et Biologie Moleculaire (Paris, France), the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (Tübingen, Germany), Department of Cell and Structural Biology, Manchester University (UK) and Department of Paediatric Surgery, Westmead Hospital (Sydney).
    Dr Newgreen has served as a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) panel member and regularly assesses grant and fellowship applications from the NHMRC, Australian Research Council (ARC), as well as for granting bodies from USA, Canada, NZ, Hong Kong, Europe and UK. He regularly reviews for journals including Nature, J. Cell Biology, Stem Cells, Cancer Research, Cold Spring Harbor Protocols and many developmental journals. He is on the editorial board of Cells Tissues Organs, Development Growth & Differentiation, and Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical and Frontiers in Autonomic Neuroscience.
    Dr Newgreen initiated and was inaugural President of The EMT International Association (TEMTIA), dedicated to the process of cell separation and invasion known as epithelial-mesenchymalcell transition or EMT. He organises the highly successful biannual interdisciplinary TEMTIA conferences, which started in 2003. He was an inaugural member of the ARC Network in Genes and Environment in Development, the EMP athy Breast Cancer Network and the Asia-Pacific Network for Developmental Biology.

    2-Hassan-Rashidi Dr Hassan Rashidi, He was born in 1974 in Tehran,Iran. He gained his B.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Technology. from 2003-2005, he worked on his M.Sc. in Professor Dr. Robert Verpoorte lab, university of Leiden and after graduating he spent a year in university of Bath,UK, and obtained his MRes in regenerative medicine. After this period, he moved to university of Nottingham and worked in Dr.Virginie Sottile lab as a PhD candidate. His PhD thesis focused on differentiation potential of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs). He earned his PhD in 2010. Moreover, till 2014, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Nottingham University. Dr.Rashidi is currently working as a Postdoctoral research fellow at university of Edinburgh, in the MRC center for regenerative medicine. His focus is on pluripotent stem cells and hepatocyte development.

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