Shankar Srinivas, PhD
The heart is the first organ to form and function during mammalian embryogenesis. It is composed of not only cardiomyocytes but also a variety of other cell types essential to its function. It is not understood how the diversity of cell types that make up the heart arise, or precisely which cell types give rise to others during the course of differentiation. The Srinivas group has been using a variety of single cell (transcriptomic, imaging) and molecular genetic (lineage labeling) approaches to understand how the mammalian heart develops. This has led to the recent identification of a distinct subpopulation of cells that represents the earliest known progenitor of the epicardium, the outermost layer of the heart. In his talk, Srinivas will present ongoing work from his group to define the precise molecular identity of the progenitor cells involved in the earliest stages of mouse and human cardiogenesis.
Shankar Srinivas is a professor of developmental biology in the Department of Physiology Anatomy & Genetics at the University of Oxford. He completed a BSc at Nizam College in Hyderabad, India, then joined the Frank Costantini group at Columbia University, New York, where he received a PhD for work on the molecular genetics of kidney development. Following this, Srinivas moved to the NIMR in Mill Hill, London, where he worked as an HFSPO fellow in the Rosa Beddington and Jim Smith groups on how the anterior-posterior axis is established. Here, he pioneered the use of time-lapse microscopy to study early post-implantation mouse embryos. Since establishing his independent group at the University of Oxford in 2004, Srinivas has been using mouse and human embryos as models to study the control of patterning and morphogenesis during the formation of the anterior-posterior axis, gastrulation, and early cardiogenesis.
Hosted by: Benoit Bruneau, PhD
The GICD/CVRI Seminar series is a collaborative series between the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and the Cardiovascular Research Institute at UC San Francisco.
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