Thursday, April 8, 2021
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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.


12:00 – 12:30 p.m.      Matthias Lutolf, PhD
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.        Bogdan Budnik, PhD
1:00 – 1:20 p.m.          Lightning Talks
1:20 – 1:50 p.m.          Yi Zhang, PhD
1:50 – 2:20 p.m.          Ondine Cleaver, PhD
2:20 – 2:40 p.m.          Lightning Talks
2:40 – 3:00 p.m.          Breakout Rooms with Posters
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.          Josef Penninger, MD
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.          Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, PhD


Bogdan Budnik, PhD
Principal Scientist, Harvard Center for Mass Spectrometry

Digital omics challenges and perspectives



Ondine Cleaver, PhD
Professor, Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern

Building and maintaining biological tubes




Matthias Lutolf, PhD
Full Professor
Institute of Bioengineering
Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Engineering stem cell self-organization to build better organoids


Josef Penninger, MD
Director, Life Sciences Institute, University of British Columbia
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia
Professor of Genetics, University of Vienna
Guest Professor, Medical University of Vienna
Adjunct Professor, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto

From haploid stem cells to blood vessel engineering


Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, PhD
Bren Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech
Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology, University of Cambridge

Building embryos from stem cells



Yi Zhang, PhD
Fred Rosen Chair Professor, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Hughes Medical Institute

Reprogramming between pluripotent and totipotent states


Session Talks

All talks take place on the Zoom platform. 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 2:40 – 3:00 p.m. Eleven abstracts have been selected for 3-minute lightning talks during the symposium. For poster titles and authors presenting, please see the listing of posters.