Company: American Type Culture Collection & George Mason University
Job title: Lead Biologist & PhD Candidate
Heather Branscome is a Lead Biologist in Manufacturing Science and Technology at the American Type Culture Collection. She has over 13 years of industrial experience in both cell and molecular biology. She has extensive experience in large-scale manufacturing, quality control testing, product development, and technology transfer. Her current projects include manufacturing of exosomes & extracellular vesicles, CRISPR/Cas9-engineered cell lines, and induced pluripotent stem cells.
She earned her M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from George Mason University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biosciences. Her primary research interests surround the advanced purification of EVs and the functional analysis of stem cell EVs in the context of CNS repair. Her previous research focused on the biochemical characterization of EVs from different sources of stem cells and their functional effects on cellular damage in vitro. More recently, she has utilized 3D cultures of neurospheres to more thoroughly assess the functional effects of stem cell EVs on damaged CNS cells.
Use of Stem Cell EVs as a Holistic Approach to CNS Repair 1:00 pm
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day: Day Two