Beyond Research Talk with Dr. Dennis Clegg

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Room 1601 Elings Hall, Building 266, University of California, Santa Barbara, Elings Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA


Beyond Research Talk with Dr. Dennis Clegg
Wednesday, May 15th
6:30-7:30PM, Elings Hall 1601
*Pizza Provided*

Dr. Clegg earned his BS degree in biochemistry at UC Davis and his PhD in biochemistry at UC Berkeley, where he used emerging methods in recombinant DNA to study the sensory transduction systems of bacteria. As a Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSF, he studied neural development and regeneration. He has continued this avenue of research since joining the UCSB faculty, with studies of extracellular matrix and integrin function in the developing eye. His current emphasis is in stem cell research, with a focus on developing therapies for ocular disease.

How does something as complex, beautiful, and functional as an eye develop? How do neurons become precisely aligned and connected in intricate networks that allow vision and thought? And what goes awry in the case of neurodegenerative diseases? Finally, can stem cells be applied in novel therapies to treat such diseases, especially age-related macular degeneration? These are the principal questions that drive our current efforts in human stem cell research, as part of the UCSB Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering.

Beyond Research Talks
Faculty are invited to give talks that extend beyond their academic research, to connect the students with other aspects of academics. In the past, people have talked about their interests that extend beyond university (companies, art + science, politics, etc.) or telling the story of how they became involved in science (perhaps a non-traditional route).


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