Cheng-Ming Chuong, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Laboratory of Tissue Development and Regeneration, University of Southern California
An Academician of Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Dr. Chuong studies morphogenesis, using the feather as a Rosetta stone to decipher principles that guide stems cells to form specific tissues and organs. Among other topics, he has published research on branching morphogenesis, periodic patterning in feathers and hairs, and physiological regeneration of skin appendages. He will discuss tissue morphogenesis and the evolutionary development of hair, feather, scales, and beaks.