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Panel 4: Alessandra Sacco

Tissue Engineering and Extracellular Influences

October 31, 2012
25 minutes
Alessandra Sacco


Alessandra Sacco joined the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in 2010. Her laboratory is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating muscle stem cell dynamics during tissue development and repair, and to identify potential therapeutic targets to be utilized for regenerative medicine for muscle wasting diseases. Her research is supported by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Ellison Medical Foundation in Aging, and the NIH. Dr. Sacco earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy in 1997. She trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Helen Blau at Stanford University, where she defined strategies to isolate adult skeletal muscle stem cells and provided the first definitive evidence that adult muscle stem cells are able to self-renew in vivo.