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March 4th, 17.30-18.30
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Prof. Magdalena Żernicka-Goetz
Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology, University of Cambridge, UK; and Bren Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at Caltech, USA.
Magdalena carried our her Ph.D. at the University of Warsaw, Poland, under supervision of Andrzej Tarkowski. She moved to Cambridge in 1995 to join the Martin Evans group with the aim of studying the mechanisms of regulative nature of development and patterning in the mouse embryo. In 1997 she was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the Lister Institute to start her group at the University of Cambridge. In 2001 she became a Wellcome Senior Research Fellow and in 2010, a Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology. In 2013 she became Fellow of British Academy of Medical Science. Magdalena opened her lab at Caltech in 2019 where she is the Bern Professor of Biology and Bioengineering. She has been interested in how cells make decisions and pioneered development of stem cell-derived embryos. She received several awards, including a Yong Investigator Award from EMBO, 2001; award in recognition of lifetime contribution to Reproductive Medicine, 2017; Pioneer Award from NIH, 2020. Her lab is funded by awards from the National Institute of Health, Wellcome Trust, advanced ERC grant, Open Philanthropy/Silicon Valley Foundation, Weston Havens Foundation.