Dr. Arun Sharma is an assistant professor at the Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Sharma lab’s research focuses on the applications of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) for studying cardiovascular biology, modeling diseases “in a dish” using genome editing, and developing platforms for screening drug toxicity and efficacy. He led a project that sent human iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes to the International Space Station to study the effects of microgravity on human heart function. He remains actively involved in the space biosciences field and is currently co-leading a NASA-funded project exploring stem cell biomanufacturing in space. Dr. Sharma obtained his PhD in Stem Cell Biology from Stanford University, followed by postdoctoral training at the Harvard Medical School. He has published in journals such as Science, Circulation Research, Science Translational Medicine, and Cell Stem Cell. Dr. Sharma has received multiple awards for his work, including being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Science, the Compelling Results Award in Biology and Medicine from NASA, and the American Heart Association Career Development Award. He is an advocate for communicating science to general and scientific audiences through social media and public speaking via the internationally acclaimed Stem Cell Podcast.
- Keynote: Manufacturing Beyond Gravity: Unlocking the Potential of Space for Innovation on Earth
- Tuesday, February 6 • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana