Understanding & Rewriting the Molecular Music of Stem Cells in Aging

Professor Carlos Aguilar
University of Michigan
Friday, October 8, 2021 - 11:00am
Invited Speaker Seminar
Adult stem cells are powerful engines of endogenous repair that our body uses when presented with injury or insults, but in old age, these engines become dysfunctional. This presentation will frame several vignettes of how stem cell dysfunction occurs in skeletal muscle in old age and strategies to abate this behavior. In the first example, I will discuss the use of integrative genomic analysis to elucidate molecular mechanisms that contribute to changes to muscle stem cells in old age. In the second example, I will present how subsets of muscle stem cells adopt a neuro-regenerative fate in age and neurodegeneration using lineage tracing and single-cell RNA sequencing. Last, I will introduce how manipulation of muscle stem cell signaling can partially rejuvenate this population. Integrating these studies may ultimately provide foundations to discover and engineer new therapeutics for treatment of sarcopenia and aging.
Professor Penney Gilbert
Dept of Cell and Systems Biology
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