RM Seminar Li Qian, PhD
Dr.Qian received her undergraduate degree in biology from Fudan University and a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She then pursued postdoctoral training in cardiovascular and stem cell biology at Gladstone Institute, UCSF. Currently as an Assistant Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Qian is exploring the reprogramming approaches for cardiac regeneration and disease modeling.
In addition, Qian Lab takes advantage of traditional mouse genetics, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and reprogramming technologies to investigate the fundamental events underlying the progression of various cardiovascular diseases as well as to discover the basic mechanisms of cell reprogramming. Her recent findings have made it possible to convert endogenous cardiac fibroblasts into cardiomyocytes in vivo in an infarcted heart. Although still at early stage of her career, Dr. Qian has published 48 manuscripts in various peer-reviewed journals, including the ones in Nature, Science, Cell Stem Cell, Development Cell, Circulation Research, P.N.A.S. and others. As further evidence of the importance of her work, Dr. Qian has received numerous honors and awards, including the American Heart Association Katz Prize for Basic Research, and the recent Boyalife Prize in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine from Science/AAAS that awards globally to the most promising young stem cell biologist.
“Programming and Reprogramming: What Does it Take to Make a Cardiomyocyte?”
Host: Linda van Laake