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Vivian Gama, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology and the Vanderbilt Center for Stem Cell Biology

Broad questions of how mitochondrial structure and apoptosis execution programs are coordinated to regulate cell fate, guide my laboratory research program. Our preliminary studies suggest an emerging landscape in which mitochondrial-related proteins do not only function under stress conditions, but also have critical functions in regulating self-renewal and pluripotency, through the modulation of organelle dynamics, cell division and metabolism. We combine our expertise in mitochondrial and stem cell biology with state-of-the-art approaches to reveal novel factors modulating stem cell identity and commitment.