Top US researcher to deliver IBEC Seminar

The University of Pennsylvania’s Dennis Discher will be the distinguished speaker at Monday’s IBEC seminar, the first to take place after the summer break.

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A pioneer in the study of the relationship between stem cell differentiation and mechanical stimuli, Prof. Discher heads the Biophysical Engineering and Nanobiopolymers Lab at Penn, where his team of scientists and engineers are looking at a diverse range of topics including shrinking tumors with drug-loaded polymersomes – which he invented – and single molecule studies of protein folding. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours including the Jorge Heller Outstanding Paper Award and the F. W. Bessel Award from Germany’s Humboldt Foundation, and is a member of the Science editorial board.

After his seminar, ‘Matrix and Myosin in cell fate decisions: MSCs, HSCs, and Embryonic Cardiomyocytes’ Prof. Discher will take a tour of the IBEC research labs and have a meeting with the directorate.

The seminar will be held on Monday September 6 at 10h in Tower I, floor 11, Park Scientific of Barcelona, and everyone is welcome.