2013 Stem Cell Symposium Bio

The Secret Lives of Stem Cells: Genomics and epigenetics of pluripotency and differentiation

Jeanne Loring, PhD
Professor of Developmental Neurobiology
Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine
The Scripps Research Institute

Jeanne F. Loring

Jeanne Loring, Ph.D. is a Professor and the founding Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla. Her research team primarily focuses on large-scale analysis of the genomics and epigenetics of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) and their derivatives, with the goal of ensuring the safety and quality of these cells for clinical use. The team's translational projects include development of stem cell applications for multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Fragile X and Rett syndromes, and they are creating collections of iPSC lines for disease modeling and ethnicity-associated drug toxicity.

Dr. Loring is committed to educating both scientists and lay people about human stem cells. She has directed intensive laboratory courses in human pluripotent stem cell biology for the last 8 years, and is editor of a comprehensive laboratory manual on human pluripotent stem cells ("Human Stem Cell Manual: a Laboratory Guide, in second edition, 2012). She is concerned about educating the public about biological and societal issues associated with stem cell research, including the ethics of stem cell generation and clinical use, the legal implications of stem cell patents, and public education about the dangers of unregulated stem cell treatments (“stem cell tourism”). Dr. Loring serves on several ethics and scientific advisory boards.