Cell Symposia: Using Stem Cells to Model and Treat Human Disease

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Leonard I. Zon, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA

Leonard I. ZonGrousbeck Professor of Pediatric Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Director of the Stem Cell Program, Children’s Hospital Boston.

Dr. Zon received a B.S. in chemistry from Muhlenberg College (1979) and an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College (1983).  He did an Internal Medicine residency at New England Deaconess Hospital (1986) and a Medical Oncology Fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (1989). His postdoctoral research was in Stuart Orkin’s laboratory (1990).  Dr. Zon is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in stem cell biology and cancer genetics. He has been the pre-eminent figure in establishing the zebrafish as an invaluable genetic model for the study of blood and hematopoietic development.  He is founder and former President, International Society for Stem Cell Research; Executive Committee Chair, Harvard Stem Cell Institute; and in 2005, completed a term as President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.  Dr. Zon was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2008) and awarded the E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize from American Society of Hematology (2010).

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