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The topic of the MDI Science Café for Monday, August 9, 2021 will be “Fishing for Tissue Regeneration,” presented by MDI Biological Laboratory Assistant Professor, Romain Madelaine, Ph.D.
Contrary to humans, some animals have the powerful capacity to fully regenerate damaged tissue and organs, including the nervous system. Dr. Madelaine’s research focuses on the function of the stem cell population during neuronal and muscle tissue regeneration using the zebrafish as a model organism.
Madelaine explores why the zebrafish, which is a highly regenerative animal, can readily regenerate neuron and muscle tissue, while mammals, including humans, for the most part cannot. The zebrafish is a common model in regenerative medicine because it easily rebuilds many tissues and organs, and because it shares many of the same genes and gene regulatory networks as humans.
His work aims to identify regenerative factors involved in stem cell activation and proliferation to open new paths for tissue regeneration in humans. An increased understanding of neuron and muscle regeneration could one day lead to new treatments for age-related degenerative diseases that cause death and disability for millions of older Americans, including neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, and sarcopenia, a condition that causes loss of muscle mass and function.
Romain Madelaine, Ph.D., arrived at MDIBL as our newest assistant professor in April of 2021. He studies neuron and muscle tissue regeneration at the laboratory’s Kathryn W. Davis Center for Regenerative Biology and Aging. Madelaine comes to the MDI Biological Laboratory from the Institut des Maladies Métaboliques et Cardiovasculaires in Toulouse, France, where he studied the molecular mechanisms of aging in the zebrafish as a research associate. Prior to that, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University, where he studied the regeneration of neurons involved in the senses of sight and smell, also in zebrafish. Madelaine holds master’s and doctoral degrees in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the Université Paul Sabatier, and an undergraduate degree in molecular and cellular biology from the Université de Rennes in Rennes, France.
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