Thursday, May 25, 2023
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.


12:00 – 12:10 p.m.      Opening Remarks
12:10 – 12:40 p.m.      Jacob Hanna, MD, PhD
12:40 – 1:15 p.m.        Lightning Talks
1:15 – 1:45 p.m.          Samira Musah, PhD
1:45 – 2:10 p.m.          Break and Poster Session
2:10 – 2:40 p.m.          Kevin Flanigan, MD
2:40 – 3:00 p.m.          Lightning Talks
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.          Susan Mackem, MD, PhD
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.          Christine Mummery, PhD
4:00 – 4:05 p.m.          Closing Remarks
4:05 – 5:00 p.m.          Reception and Poster Session


Kevin Flanigan, MD
Director, Center for Gene Therapy
Robert F. & Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Endowed Chair in Neuromuscular Research
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, The Ohio State University

Approaches to Gene Therapies in the Dystrophinopathies

Jacob Hanna, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics
Weizmann Institute of Science

Synthetic Ex Utero Embryogenesis:  from Naive Pluripotent Stem Cells to Bona Fide Human and Mouse Embryo-Models


Susan Mackem, MD, PhD
Senior Investigator, Cancer and Developmental Biology Lab
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute

Creating a hand skeleton robustly:  Sonic hedgehog function, expression dynamics and digit pattern


Christine Mummery, PhD
Professor of Developmental Biology
Leiden University Medical Center

Cardiovascular disease models using human pluripotent stem cells “come of age”


Samira Musah, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Medicine
Duke University

Engineering stem cells into microphysiological systems

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.

Eight abstracts have been selected for 2-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 (~$21.00) will be in effect.