Dr. Rita Perlingeiro is Associate Professor of Medicine within the Lillehei Heart Institute at the University of Minnesota. Her primary research interests include understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling lineage-specific differentiation of pluripotent stem cells, and applying this information to efficiently generate tissue-specific stem/progenitor cells endowed with in vivo regenerative potential. Her work has potential applications in muscular dystrophy research and future therapies.
She has received several awards and honors and has served as an expert reviewer and publisher for several journals. She received her PhD from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Sao Paulo, Brazil), in which she studied erythroid progenitor cell biology in the context of sickle cell disease. Following, Dr. Perlingeiro moved to Boston, where she did her postdoctoral training at the Whitehead Institute/MIT in the laboratory of Dr. George Daley, focusing on the generation of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells from pluripotent stem cells.
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