October 23, 2014

Cellular engineering expert Daley set for Discovery Lecture series


George Q. Daley, M.D., Ph.D.

George Q. Daley, M.D., Ph.D., a pioneer in cellular “engineering” at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Daley’s talk, entitled “CellNet: Enhancing Cellular Engineering through Network Biology,” will begin at 4 p.m. in Light Hall room 208. It is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program.
Daley directs the Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Boston Children’s and is Samuel E. Lux IV Professor of Hematology and professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and of Pediatrics at Harvard.

He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Reprogramming adult tissue cells and directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells are potentially powerful approaches for regenerating damaged tissue in the brain, heart, pancreas and other organs. Yet they often fail to produce cells with characteristics identical to those that need replacing.

Recently in the journal Cell, Daley and his colleagues described how CellNet, a network biology-based computational platform they developed, can assess the “fidelity” and improve the quality of cellular engineering approaches.

For a complete schedule of the Flexner Discovery Lecture series and archived video of previous lectures, go to www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/discoveryseries.