2018 Virtual Symposium

Connecting the West Coast Regenerative Medicine Community

BCRegMed linked up with USC Stem Cell for an amazing one day! It featured engaging speakers from leaders in the Reg Med field, a virtual poster session (w. live chat dialogue on Slack – over 600 messages were exchanged) and trainee short talk competition.

Thank you to all participants, we appreciate your support and enthusiasm. The event was a great success and we hope to have more in the future.

Our program is shown below and can also be found in the Virtual Symposium Booklet, which also contains presenter info, trainee abstracts, social media info and a feedback survey link.

For copyright reasons a recording of the live stream is not available, apologies for the inconvenience.


* please note: speakers names are linked to their lab pages, check them out!

9:00am-9:15am Registration and Coffee
9:15am-9:40am Welcome and Introductions

Fabio Rossi (BCREGMED)

Andrew McMahon (USC)

9:40am-10:50am Theme 1: Stem Cells, Development & Disease
  15 mins Pamela Hoodless Epigenetic mechanisms regulating enhancer switching during hepatocyte differentiation
15 mins Min Yu Circulating tumor cells as a “liquid biopsy” to inform mechanisms of metastasis
10 mins Joanna Smeeton
(Crump Lab)
Arthritis and regeneration of the zebrafish jaw joint
10 mins Tracy Tran
(McMahon Lab)
In vivo developmental trajectory informs in vitro differentiation of pluripotent stem-cell derived podocytes
10:50am-11:00am Break
11:00am-12:10pm Theme 1: Stem Cells, Development & Disease (continued)
  15 mins Liam Brunham Understanding mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity using patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells
15 mins Qilong Ying Understanding embryonic stem cell self-renewal
10 mins Ido Rafaeli
Podocyte mutagenesis at distinct developmental time points during kidney organogenesis lead to different disease phenotypes
10 mins Jennifer Grants
(Karsan Lab)
Loss of miR-146a links inflammaging with myeloid malignancy
12:10pm-1:10pm Lunch & Digital Poster Viewing
1:10pm-2:05pm Theme 2: Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering
  15 mins Peter Zandstra Engineering Development
15 mins Leonardo Morsut Engineering cells with synthetic signaling pathways: A new way to control cell behaviors, from cell therapy to stem cell reprogramming
10 mins Mitch Braam (Kieffer Lab) Precise creation and correction of a neonatal diabetes-causing KATP-channel mutation in human iPSCs
2:05pm-2:40pm Theme 3: Chemistry and Translation
  10 mins Ben Van Handel
(Evseenko Lab)
 Discovery and pre-clinical development of small molecule modulators of IL-6 family cytokine signaling
15 mins Michael Bonaguidi Genomics-driven translation for human epilepsy
2:40pm-2:50pm Coffee break
2:50pm-3:50pm Theme 4: Novel Technologies
  15 mins Stephanie Willerth 3D bioprinting personalized neural tissues
15 mins

Michael Underhill

New genetics tools for investigating the fate and function of mesenchymal progenitors
15 mins Rong Lu Tracking Hematopoietic Stem Cell and Leukemia Cell Clones in Mouse Models
3:50pm-4:50pm Poster Judging/Happy Hour
4:50pm-5:00pm Closing Remarks

Poster viewing and discussion will take place on Slack. Slack has both a web-based platform if you’re accessing via laptop or app if you’re using your phone. Poster PDFs and YouTube links will be shared in individual discussion boards, where you can pose questions to the presenter and discuss the work with fellow participants. This is a great way to reach out, introduce yourself and collaborate with other researchers.

To join us on Slack, follow this link:


Verify your email address and you’re ready to start Slacking. Channels are listed on the right-hand side of the screen. There are channels for each poster, which will be populated with content closer the symposium date.

Only see the #general channel?   You can browse all channels, simply select “Channels”

Can’t find the poster PDF? Poster PDFs are pinned to each channel, you can find the file selecting the Pin icon at the top of the channel page: