Danwei Huangfu is an Assistant Member in the Developmental Biology Program at Sloan-Kettering Institute of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She received her B.S. in Genetics, with honors, from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In 2005, she received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Cornell University Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Douglas Melton at Harvard University. In September 2010, Dr. Huangfu joined Sloan-Kettering Institute of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as an Assistant Member.
The goal of the Huangfu laboratory is to understand the fundamental principles that govern the identity of a cell, and to use these principles to manipulate cell fates for regenerative medicine. The current research is focused on two areas, to understand the mechanisms that underlie the acquisition and the maintenance of the pluripotent state (reprogramming and self-renewal), and to develop new functional genetics approaches using human pluripotent stem cells (both embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells) to study human development and disease. More information about her research can be found from http://www.mskcc.org/huangfu.
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