Recommended Readings: Ali H. Brivanlou, Ph.D. Monday November 20th, 2017

Monday Lectures

Monday, November 20, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Ali H. Brivanlou, Ph.D.

Robert and Harriet Heilbrunnand Professor and Head

Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Molecular Embryology

The Rockefeller University


Self-organization of Spatial Patterns in Artificial Human Embryos and Organoids

Recommended Readings:


Patrick Monahan.

Empirical Articles

Deglincerti, Alessia; Croft, Gist F.; Pietila, Lauren N.; et al. (2016). Self-organization of the in vitro attached human embryo. NATURE.  533 (7602): 251-+

Etoc, Fred; Metzger, Jakob; Ruzo, Albert; et al. (2016). A Balance between Secreted Inhibitors and Edge Sensing Controls Gastruloid Self-Organization. DEVELOPMENTAL CELL. 39 (3): 302-315  

Haremaki, Tomomi; Deglincerti, Alessia; Brivanlou, Ali H. (2015). Huntingtin is required for ciliogenesis and neurogenesis during early Xenopus development. DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY. 408 (2): 305-315

Warmflash, Aryeh; Sorre, Benoit; Etoc, Fred; et al. (2014). A method to recapitulate early embryonic spatial patterning in human embryonic stem cells. NATURE METHODS. 11 (8): 847-854

Bedzhov, Ivan; Leung, Chuen Yan; Bialecka, Monika; et al. (2014). In vitro culture of mouse blastocysts beyond the implantation stages. NATURE PROTOCOLS.  9 (12): 2732-2739

Review Paper

Simunovic, Mijo; Brivanlou, Ali H. (2017). Embryoids, organoids and gastruloids: new approaches to understanding embryogenesis.  DEVELOPMENT. 144 (6): 976-985

Clevers, Hans (2016). Modeling Development and Disease with Organoids. CELL. 165 (7): 1586-1597


Genes linked to Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s

University of California Irvine biologists Robert Steele and Hans Bode, along with nine other UCI scientists and an international team of researchers, have describes the genome sequence of  Hydra, an organism that continues to advance research on regeneration, stem cells and patterning.

The team discovered Hydra to have about the same number of genes as humans, sharing many of the same ones. Surprisingly, they also found genes linked with Huntington’s disease and with the beta-amyloid plaque formation seen in Alzheimer’s disease — two areas in which UCI has traditionally strong research programs — suggesting the possible use of Hydra as a research model for these two diseases.   Report of their discoveries was reported March 14  in NATURE.