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Helen M. Blau
The Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation Professor, Director, Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology and Professor, by courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Prof. Helen Blau's research area is regenerative medicine with a focus on stem cells. Her research on nuclear reprogramming and demonstrating the plasticity of cell fate using cell fusion is well known and her laboratory has also pioneered the design of biomaterials to mimic the in vivo microenvironment and direct stem cell fate. Current findings are leading to more efficient iPS generation, cell based therapies by dedifferentiation a la newts, and discovery of novel molecules and therapies.
Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Bio Dr. Bowling is a neuroscientist and instructor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of medicine. His research interests are focused on social communication in the auditory-vocal domain, and how its impairment contributes to psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Bowling?s expertise covers neurobiological, psychological, and acoustic perspectives on speech and music, their affective influence, and social-significance. He combines physiological and psychoacoustic methods to study the perception of social stimuli, social behavior, and their impairment in autism spectrum disorder.
Dr. Bowling earned his PhD in Neurobiology from Duke University School of Medicine in 2012. His postdoctoral work at the University of Vienna in Austria focused on comparative studies of mammalian vocalization and its relationship with universal aspects of speech and music. He holds undergraduate degrees in Biological Psychology and Neurophilosophy from the University of California San Diego (summa cum laude) and graduate certificates in Cognitive Neuroscience and Translational Medicine.
Dr. Bowling?s work has been recognized with numerous awards including an innovation award from the Social and Affective Neuroscience society, and a young investigator award from the University of Vienna. He is currently developing a validated and normed assessment of auditory-vocal function that combines speech and music to circumvent language confounds and quantify deficits in communication that impair social functioning in autism. He collaborates with scientists and artists across Stanford?s School of Medicine and School of Humanities and Sciences. His work is funded by NIMH and the Wu Tsai Neuroscience Institute.