Ritchie Ho is a Postdoctoral Scientist in the Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, he investigated embryonic mechanisms regulating the transition from neurogenesis to gliogenesis with Dr. David Anderson at Caltech. He then received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at UCLA where he studied signaling and epigenetic mechanisms regulating pluripotency with Dr. Kathrin Plath. Dr. Ho then continued postdoctoral training with Dr. Clive Svendsen at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he conducted genomic comparisons among in vitro, induced pluripotent stem cell models and in vivo tissue affected by neurodegeneration. Based on this work, he was granted an NIH K99/R00 Award to establish independent investigation. His interests are to understand on a molecular level why late-onset diseases such as neurodegeneration occur in older adults and to develop more accurate stem cell and animal models for these diseases that encompass cellular maturation and aging components.
(Thursday) 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
IQ Room 2000