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Anita Bhattacharyya - Updates on Stem Cell in Developmental Disorders

Program Date: February 14, 2018

Anita Bhattacharyya

Anita Bhattacharyya, PhD, is a senior scientist at the Waisman Center in Madison, WI. She uses human stem cells to gain insight into early brain development in Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome. Using neural stem cells with trisomy 21 or the Fragile X mutation, she studies the development of the cerebral cortex.

Her research examines how brain development is altered in individuals with developmental disabilities. She is using human pluripotent stem cells to study the formation of the cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex is the most complex area of the brain and is responsible for functions unique to humans, such as language and abstract thought. Problems with any of the cerebral cortex's crucial development steps can lead to mental retardation.