Friday, April 5, 2019
12:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Orin Smith Auditorium
SLU Campus, 850 Republican Street

Join Seattle’s vibrant stem cell community for a series of talks on current issues pertaining to stem cells in development, tissue regeneration and cancer research.


12:30 – 1:15 p.m.        Hans Clevers, MD, PhD
1:20 – 1:40 p.m.          Lightning Talks
1:45 – 2:10 p.m.          Kristin Knouse, MD, PhD
2:15 – 2:40 p.m.          Benjamin Freedman, PhD
2:45 – 3:05 p.m.          Break & Posters
3:10 – 3:30 p.m.          Lightning Talks
3:35 – 4:20 p.m.          Paula Amato, MD, MCR
4:25 – 5:10 p.m.          Juergen Knoblich, PhD
5:15 – 6:30 p.m.          Catered Reception & Posters


Hans Clevers, MD, PhD
Group Leader, Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research
Professor of Molecular Genetics, University Medical Center Utrecht and Utrecht University
Director Research, Princess Maxima Center for Pediatric Oncology

Organoids to model human disease


Kristin Knouse, MD, PhD
Fellow, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

The importance of tissue architecture for chromosome segregation fidelity in epithelia




Benjamin Freedman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine/Nephrology, University of Washington School of Medicine

Human Kidney Organoids for Phenotypic Screening and Therapy Development




Paula Amato, MD, MCR
Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University

Human Germline Gene Therapy




Juergen Knoblich, PhD
Institute of Molecular Biotechnology

Cerebral organoids: modelling human brain development and tumorigenesis in stem cell derived 3D culture

Session Talks

All talks take place in the Orin Smith Auditorium of SLU Building C. For detailed information about who will be speaking and their topics, please see the schedule of talks.

Poster Session

The Poster Session is scheduled from 2:45 – 3:05 p.m. and 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. in the main lobby / café area located on the first floor of SLU Building C. While the formal sessions are scheduled for 2:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., the posters will remain up for the duration of the meeting.

Eight abstracts have been selected for 3-minute lightning talks during the symposium. For poster titles and authors presenting, please see the listing of posters.

Transportation & Parking

SLU campus is located at the UW Medicine Research complex at 850 Republican Street. Parking at the SLU campus is very limited. Everyone is encouraged to use public transportation and/or the UW/SLU shuttle service to get to the event.

For UW permit holders, you may park “out of area” in the SLU garage located off of Republican. Punch a ticket upon entering the garage and bring your permit and/or husky card to the reception desk and they will validate your parking. For non-UW permit holders, there is limited on-street hourly parking around the perimeter of the building. You may park in the garage without a permit, but please note, you will need to pay with a credit card and full day parking charges (~$15.00) will be in effect.