Michael Sars Centre

Professor Uri Frank, University of Galway, Ireland

Professor Uri Frank is the Principal Investigator at the Centre for Chromosome Biology and Regenerative Medicine Institute at the University of Galway, Ireland, will present his talk: "The adult stem cells of the cnidarian Hydractinia"

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Uri Frank is a Professor in Biochemistry at University of Galway, Principal Investigator at the Centre for Chromosome Biology, and Regenerative Medicine Institute. Uri did his PhD at University of Amsterdam. Following postdoctoral training at National Institute of Oceanography (Israel) and the universities of Jena and Heidelberg, he took up a faculty position at University of Galway.

Uri’s research interest is in the areas of developmental biology, stem cells, and regeneration. His laboratory is engaged in addressing fundamental questions in these areas using a cnidarian animal model (a relative of hydras, jellies and corals), applying experimental approaches that are difficult or impossible to conduct using common lab animals. Among the projects currently being investigated are neurogenesis, basic stem cell biology, cell type-specific genome stability, chromatin structure, whole body regeneration, and cellular plasticity.