Myogenesis discussion group poster for May 2023.


May 29 2023


14:00 - 15:00

Myogenesis Discussion Group | Making and Breaking the Skeletal Muscle Stem Cell Niche

The Myogenesis Discussion Group is a seminar series on skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle research held on the last Monday of each month.


Making and Breaking the Skeletal Muscle Stem Cell Niche

Dr. Michael Hicks, Assistant Professor, Hicks Lab University of California, Irvine, CA, United States

Dr. Michael Hicks is an Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. He is the codirector of the UCI Center Skeletal Muscle Biology and Disease, and a member of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. Michael’s research seeks to improve skeletal muscle regeneration through studying how stem cells are supported by their niche, and by generating skeletal muscle from human pluripotent stem cells. He is currently funded through the National Institute of Aging and by a NIH K award to improve cell therapies for muscle wasting. Michael’s training in skeletal muscle development started with Drs. Jeanne and Alan Rawls at Arizona State University. His PhD thesis with Dr. Paul Standley at the University of Arizona examined the communication axis between skeletal muscle and fibroblasts, and during his postdoc with Dr. April Pyle at UCLA, Michael made contributions to gene editing and differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Register for this seminar

To register, please email the event organizers Matthew Rok, Dr. Vanessa Raileanu, or Bella Xu.

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