The 2018 Inland Empire Stem Cell Consortium (IESCC) – comprised of researchers undertaking stem cell research throughout the Inland Empire – will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2018 at Western University of Health Sciences in the Health Professions Center, Amphitheater 2, 550 E. 2ndStreet, Pomona.

Researchers from the University of California, Riverside (UCR), WesternU, Loma Linda University (LLU), and California State University at San Bernardino (CSUSB) are participating.

The IESSC was created to provide open communication between stem cell laboratories in the Inland Empire, to establish broad-based training opportunities for students in stem cell biology, and to provide a forum for making stem cell research in the geographical area better known to people in the community.

The two keynote speakers are:

  • Christine Brown, PhD, Associate Director of the T Cell Therapeutics Research Laboratory, City of Hope. Her talk is titled “Progress and Challenges in CAR T cell Therapy for Brain Tumors.”
  • Song Li, PhD, Chancellor Professor, Chair, Department of Bioengineering and Professor, Department of Medicine, UCLA. His talk is titled “Engineering Biomaterials for Cell Reprogramming.”

Other speakers include Gagandeep Kaur, Associate Professor, WesternU; Teresa Ubina, research associate of professor Nicole Bournias-Vardiabasis’s lab, CSUSB; Ali Khoshnan, Senior Research Scientist, Caltech; Yiling Hong, Professor, WesternU;Joshua Morgan, Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, UCR;Hanmin Wang, graduate student of professor Juli Unternaehrer’s lab, LLU; Larry Lopez, graduate student of professor Mary Kearns-Jonker’s lab, LLU; Pedro Soria Jr., graduate student of professor Yiling Hong’s lab, WesternU and Martin Garcia-Castro, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, UCR.

The symposium is for guests and presenters who registered by Oct. 2. For more information, please visit