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Stem cells are focus of Regenerative Medicine lecture

03-04-2014

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Sacramento State’s first presentation of the spring Topics in Regenerative Medicine lecture series will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the University Union Ballroom I.

Dr. Deepak Lamba, assistant professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, will discuss “Re-engineering a Retina Using Stem Cells.” The event is free and open to the public.

Lamba earned his medical degree from University of Mumbai, India, and practiced as a physician in Mumbai before moving to the United States to pursue full-time research. He received his master’s in bioengineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago, where he worked on a chemically stimulating retinal prosthesis device. He then moved to the University of Washington in Seattle, where he did his doctoral thesis and postdoctoral work on generating and transplanting retinal cells derived from human embryonic stem cells and iPS cells in the lab of Professor Thomas Reh.

His current research is focused on identifying new methods to treat degenerative vision disorders using stem cell technology.

Presented by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Excellence, the Topics in Regenerative Medicine lectures are funded through a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine grant in collaboration with the UC Davis Stem Cell Program.

Questions may be directed to the Center for STEM Excellence at (916) 278-2789 or stem@csus.edu. For more information on the Topics in Regenerative Medicine lecture series, contact Professor Rosalee Carter at carterrc@csus.edu.

For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156. – Alan Miller