This is our second post in a series entitled The Life of a Stem Cell Scientist where we are interviewing stem cell scientists from around the world. Our last post was with a post-doctoral fellow in New York City.
For this post, we interviewed 35-year-old Justin Ichida, PhD, who is an Assistant Professor who runs a regenerative medicine and stem cell research laboratory at the University of Southern California. The research in his lab is focused on understanding how genetic and environmental factors contribute to human neurodegenerative disease.
StemCultures: Where did you attend undergraduate/graduate school? When?
Justin: Undergraduate: University of California Los Angeles (2000) – Major in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Graduate: Harvard Medical School for PhD (2007) – Studied genetics at Harvard but in a chemical/molecular biology lab focusing on the origin of life.
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