Prof. Dr. James Adjaye Speaks at BCMB/ WACCBIP Seminar
The Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology and the West African Center for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) were privileged to host Prof. Dr. James Adjaye from the Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldolf, Germany on August 21, 2017.
Prof. Dr. James Adjaye, a group leader for the Molecular Embryology and Aging Group at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (Berlin) and the Director at the Institute for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine (ISRM), Faculty of Medicine at the Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf was the keynote speaker at the departments’ seminar series organised every week for graduate students. Leading scientists are also invited to speak to students throughout the year.
The seminar aims at gathering faculty and students for mutual discussions and presentations of their research projects. This build networks which encourage the creation of future joint research projects and the establishment of fruitful social relations.
Prof. Dr. James Adjaye spoke on the topic “Human induced pluripotent stem cells as cellular models for studying gastrulation and applications in regenerative medicine”. He was enthused to share his research project which uses a systems biology approach to investigate the etiology of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which comprises a broad spectrum of disease states ranging from manageable stress as in simple steatosis to excessive stress, as in steatohepatitis. He also discussed related issues such as Cells which can generate other cells/cell types and divide infinitely which is called self-renewal. On the basis of their origin they can be either embryonic, fetal (cord blood) or adult stem cells.
He added that his research also aims to redirect liver cells and reintroduce them into the patient’s body to correct defects in the liver. In an interview , he expressed the need for the scientific community to be flexible and try to find different appraoches to solving problems. He added that the importance of his research to public health is to help tackle liver diseases and find new approaches in liver transplant which will no longer need liver donors.
Faculty members, students, and staff were given the opportunity to ask questions, which was an engaging session.