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BME Seminar: James Wells, Ph.D., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

October 15, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Friday, October 15th @ 11:00AM ET, we welcome Prof. Jim Wells from Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation as he presents, “Using human pluripotent stem cells to study development, diabetes and digestive disease.”


Using human pluripotent stem cells to study development, diabetes and digestive disease

Dr. Wells’ research focuses on the processes by which gastrointestinal and endocrine organs form in the developing embryo and how they maintain systemic metabolic homeostasis. His work in developmental biology has provided the basis for the efforts to generate human cells and tissues from pluripotent stem cells. His lab has pioneered approaches to generate gastrointestinal (GI) tissue organoids of the esophagus, stomach, intestine, and colon from human pluripotent stem cells. His lab uses human organoids and mouse models to study endocrine control of digestion and metabolism, congenital defects of the digestive tract, and enteric pathogens. In addition, Dr. Wells and his colleagues are using organoids as a basis for tissue engineering efforts to generate functional tissues for transplantation.



James Wells, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM); Cincinnati Research Foundation Endowed Professor, Division of Developmental Biology; Director for basic research, Division of Endocrinology; Allen Foundation Distinguished Investigator

Dr. Wells is an endowed professor at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation. He is in the Division of Developmental Biology, is the Director for Basic Research in the Division of Endocrinology and is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of the Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine.



The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University is proud to host an annual weekly seminar series on the latest developments and research in Biomedical Engineering. The weekly series takes place on Friday mornings at 11:00AM Eastern and includes a variety of renowned academics from top universities to talk about their specific research and experience.

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