TCIC and Biology Department Cell Biologists present at Annual Statewide Science and Technology Conference.

In July 2009, Drs. Lyden and Huang were invited presenters at the 2nd annual Wisconsin Science and Technology Symposium held this year at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Also presenting at this meeting were undergraduate student researchers from the labs of both Lyden and Huang. These included, Victor Piazza, Luke Score and Steve Talsness from the Tissue and Cellular Innovation Center (TCIC) while the Fish Developmental Biology Lab was represented by Charles Phillips. Altogether, the group from UWRF Biology Department presented 4 posters and 2 oral podium presentations. The presented posters were entitled, "The application of natural extra-cellular matrix materials to generate cardiac artificial tissues." (Victor), "Characterization of a surface epithelial cell line derived from long-term culture of human embryonic stem cell based 3D structures." (Steve), "Isolation and morphologic characterization of potential stem and other cell populations from human breast milk." (Luke), "Tissue Adhesion Defects in the Zebrafish Bubble Tail Mutation Cause Hemorrhage, Epidermal Finfold Degeneration and Lethality" (Charles). The podium presentations were "Drug Discovery & Pharmacogenetic Study for Heart Failure Using a Zebrafish Model" (Dr. Huang) and "Modeling Primary Human Tumors in 3D Artificial Tissue (AT) Cultures." (Dr. Lyden).

The WSTS meeting is hosted each year by the UW-System intellectual property organization, WiSys and brings together UW researchers, industrial and clinical institutions from across Wisconsin and Minnesota in order to share their work and identify potential new collaborators. This year the meeting attracted nearly 100 individuals from across the System and state. Next years meeting will be held in Green Bay at UW-Oshkosh.