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Speaker Biosketches

Aileen J. Anderson, PhD

Dr. Anderson obtained her B.S. in Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and her Ph.D in Biology/Neuroscience at the University of California Irvine.  After post-doctoral positions at UCI and Harvard, she began her faculty position at UCI in 2001. In addition to her laboratory at UCI, she is the Director of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CDRF) Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research Core Facility, and a part of the CDRF International Consortium on Spinal Cord Injury.  The CDRF SCI Core was established in 2001 as the first foundation-funded initiative of its kind, with the goal of enabling interdisciplinary and cross-institutional access to SCI animal models and training.

Dr. Anderson’s research is focused on two principal goals.  First, investigating the interactions of transplanted stem cell populations within the injured niche, including the role of the evolving inflammatory microenvironment in stem cell fate and migration decisions.  Second, investigating the role of inflammatory mechanisms in degeneration and regeneration in the injured CNS, particularly the role of the innate immune response and complement pathways in these conflicting but intertwined processes.  Much of the research in Dr. Anderson’s laboratory bridges the junction between seeking to understand mechanism at the basic neuroscience level, and identifying translational neuroscience strategies to ameliorate the cellular and histopathological deficits associated with SCI to promote recovery of function.

Elizabeth Blaber, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth Blaber obtained her BmedSci and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. After a post-doctoral training at the  NASA Ames Research Center she is now a Principal Investigator at the same Research Center in California.

Dr. Blaber’s research interests focus on investigating the influence of mechanical load on stem cell-based tissue regeneration with a focus on the role that the cell cycle and CDKN1a/p21 plays in this process. Dr. Blaber is a new investigator and is an associate and collaborator of Dr. Almeida in the Bone and Cell Signaling Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center. She is specifically interested in how the cellular and molecular mechanisms of bone regeneration are altered in microgravity as well as the effects of altered load on mesenchymal and hematopoietic stem cell populations and processes during tissue regeneration. To investigate this, Dr. Blaber participated in research on mouse and stem cell experiments flown on the Space Shuttle BSP experiments on STS-131, and STS-133 and, Space Tissue Loss – Stem Cell Regeneration on STS-135. Through these experiments she identified the CDKN1a/p21 molecule as a potential mediator of the inhibition of bone tissue regeneration observed in microgravity. Dr. Blaber continued to investigate the role of CDKN1a/p21 on mechanical unloading induced bone and tissue loss during my NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship at Ames and also participated in the US/Russia collaborative Bion-M1 Mouse Biospecimen Sharing Program in Moscow, Russia. Dr. Blaber’s contributions to Space Biosciences include articles defining cellular, molecular and tissue mechanisms of bone loss in microgravity as well as the effects of microgravity mechanical unloading on mesenchymal and hematopoietic stem cell proliferation and differentiation during tissue regeneration. Dr. Blaber was recently awarded a NASA Space Biology spaceflight grant to continue investigating the influence of CDKN1a/p21 on somatic stem cell differentiation in space.

David Baylink, MD

Dr. Baylink obtained his M.D. degree from Loma Linda University and subsequently took several years of post-graduate clinical and research training including fellowships at Harvard University and Hammersmith Hospital in London, England. In 1966, he accepted the faculty position at the University of Washington in Seattle where he developed a large research program in Mineral Metabolism. In 1981, Dr. Baylink was recruited to Loma Linda University to set up a Mineral Metabolism Laboratory. He was also the Chief of Mineral Metabolism, Jerry L. Pettis Veterans Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA for many years. Currently, Dr. Baylink is Walter E. Macpherson Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Basic Sciences and Professor of Dental Education Services.  He is also Division Chief of Regenerative Medicine at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He has published over 600 scientific papers and book chapters in the field of Endocrinology and most recently on stem cells. Dr. Baylink has received numerous honors including the prestigious William F. Neuman Award.

Dr. Baylink present research is focused on stem cells and its use on tissue regeneration.


Contact Information

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Christopher G. Wilson
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Ubaldo Soto
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For Poster Presentation Information:

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Kylie Watts, PhD
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Juli Unternaehrer, PhD
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For Symposium Organization:
Maria Villarreal
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Jacqueline Brower
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