2022 MRM Talks: Dr. Valentina Greco and Dr. Katie Cockburn


The MRM Network presents: the MRM Talks. Join us every fourth Thursday at noon to learn more about stem cells and regenerative medicine. The webinar series will feature leading scientists in the field, including MRM Principal Investigators and external guest speakers.

In this edition of the MRM Talks:

Dr. Valentina Greco,
Carolyn Walch Slayman Professor of Genetics, member of the Yale Stem Cell Center
Yale School of Medicine

“Tissue and cell dynamics captured by live imaging”


Dr. Katie Cockburn,
Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Greco’s Lab
Incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and the Goodman Cancer Institute, McGill University

“Understanding spatiotemporal principles of differentiation in the regenerating epidermis”

THURSDAY, February 24, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM


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About the speakers:

Valentina Greco was born in Palermo, Italy and earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Palermo, Italy. She earned her Ph.D. with Suzanne Eaton at the EMBL/MPI-CBG, Germany (1998-2002), her post-doc at the Rockefeller University (2003-2009) and is currently the Carolyn Walch Slayman Professor of Genetics and a member of the Yale Stem Cell Center (2009-present). Greco lab aims to define how tissues maintain themselves throughout the course of our lives in the face of continuous cellular turnover, frequent injuries and spontaneous mutations. Greco lab established approaches to visualize and manipulate stem cells in intact animals which lead to a number of breakthroughs including that 1) stem cell position dictates their fate in the hair follicle, 2) a stem cell-mediated phagocytic clearance mechanism regulates the size of the hair follicle stem cell pool and 3) tissue correction preserves skin epithelial homeostasis. Dr. Greco is also the recipient of several awards including most recently the 2018 Yale Mentoring Award in the Natural Sciences, the 2019 NIH DP1 Pioneer Award and the 2021 Momentum Award from the International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).

Dr. Katie Cockburn is a NYSCF Druckenmiller postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Valentina Greco in the Department of Genetics at Yale University, and an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and the Goodman Cancer Institute at McGill. She earned her Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Janet Rossant in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, where she studied lineage specification in the mouse preimplantation embryo. As a postdoc, she has focused on understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of cell fate decisions in the mammalian skin epidermis through intravital imaging. The Cockburn lab will combine cutting-edge microscopy with signaling reporters, genetic perturbations and transcriptomics to build a picture of how skin regeneration is orchestrated at the level of individual cells, local cellular neighborhoods and tissue-wide cues. We open in August 2022 and are excited to join the MRM community!


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