Kevin Dzobo, Researcher from the Cancer Molecular and Cell Biology Group, ICGEB Cape Town, recently presented his work at the International Conference on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (ICTERM)held in Pretoria, South Africa. The conference was co-hosted by the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Science at the Tshwane University of Technology and Hari Reddi, University of California, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, School of Medicine, Sacramento, USA.

The conference brought together distinguished clinicians and scientists from around the world who work in the areas of stem cell tissue engineering, cartilage and bone tissue and biomaterials tissue engineering and featured an address by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor.

Topics of the meeting included the regulation of pluripotency, epigenetics of reprogramming and differentiation, disease modeling, and the translational applications of stem cells in drug screening and clinical trials.

Kevin Dzobo, who spoke on the importance of the cellular microenvironment in directing stem cell fate, has recently been awarded a prestigious NRF Career Development Award. These highly competitive fellowships provide five years' support for outstanding senior researchers who wish to consolidate their research skills and make the transition from post-doctoral researcher to independent investigator. Over the next five years, Kevin Dzobo will use this fellowship to establish his research focussed on stem cell tissue engineering and epigenetic regulation.


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