Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | January 16, 2012

January 16, 2012 Host Corinne Frugoni Investigates the Mysteries of Stem Cell Research with Dr. Amy Sprowles.

Our apologies…Part I of this show was mistakenly aired on January 16th and 23rd.  Part II will be aired on January 30th.  Stay tuned.

Dr. Amy Sprowles received her doctorate in biochemistry from Vanderbilt University and went on to get her post doctorate on cancer and conservation genetics at University of California at Davis.  Dr. Sprowles and her colleague at Humboldt State University, Dr. Jakob Varkey received funding from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (also known as CIRM) to establish a stem cell training program at Humboldt State University.  It has been such a great success that the funding has been renewed for another 3 years.

Dr. Sprowles investigates how the regulation of gene expression affects cellular processes such as differentiation and transformation. She is also interested in identifying molecular markers to promote the conservation of threatened or endangered species.  Currently projects include understanding the role of cjun in cellular transformation and gene expression in embryonic stem cells, and Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPS) that differentiate populations of Chinook Salmon, a species with significant dietary and cultural value to the Native Americans of the region.

Website: www.cirm.ca.gov

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