Thursday, May 19, 2022
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Orin Smith Auditorium & Zoom
UW South Lake Union 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.

**We have a large supply of COVID rapid tests for distribution and encourage anyone planning to attend the symposium in person to take a test prior to attending the event, to ensure that they are free of COVID.**


12:00 – 12:10 p.m.      Opening Remarks
12:10 – 12:40 p.m.      Andres Garcia, PhD, FBSE
12:40 – 1:15 p.m.         Lightning Talks
1:15 – 1:45 p.m.           Sharon Gerecht, PhD
1:45 – 2:10 p.m.          Break and Poster Session
2:10 – 2:40 p.m.          Freda Miller, PhD, FRSC, FAAAS
2:40 – 3:00 p.m.          Lightning Talks
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.          Erika Moore, PhD
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.          Doug Melton, PhD
4:00 – 4:05 p.m.          Closing Remarks
4:05 – 5:00 p.m.          Reception and Poster Session


Andres Garcia, PhD, FBSE
Executive Director, Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience
Petit Director’s Chair in Bioengineering and Bioscience
Regents’ Professor, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Synthetic Hydrogels for Regenerative Medicine

Sharon Gerecht, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Duke University

Guiding Vascular Fate and Assembly


Doug Melton, PhD
Xander University Professor
Harvard College and Harvard Medical School

Making Designer Pancreatic Islets from Stem Cells


Freda Miller, PhD, FRSC, FAAAS
Professor and Associate Director, Michael Smith Laboratories
Department of Medical Genetics
University of British Columbia

Regeneration at your fingertips: molecular mechanisms underlying mammalian tissue regeneration


Erika Moore, PhD
Rhines Rising Star Larry Hench Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Florida

Leveraging Biomaterials for Immune Cell Tuning

Session Talks

All talks will 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 1:45 – 2:10 p.m. and 4:05 – 5:00 p.m. in the main lobby / café area located on the first floor of SLU Building C. While the formal sessions are scheduled for 1:45 p.m. and 4:05 p.m., the posters will remain up for the duration of the meeting.

Twelve abstracts have been selected for 4-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 (~$22.00) will be in effect.