Natalia Ivanova, PhD
Dr. Ivanova grew up in Russia and received a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology. She completed her PhD in Biology at the Engelhardt Institute for Molecular Biology (Russia), where she developed a new way to identify differentially-expressed transcripts. She then joined Dr. Ihor Lemischka’s lab at Princeton University where she was among the first to apply systematic transcriptional profiling to compare molecular signatures of embryonic and adult stem cells. Following up on those studies, she utilized shRNA-based loss-of-function techniques to identify new regulatory factors that controls self-renewal in mouse embryonic stem cells. She became an Assistant Professor at Yale University in 2008 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. In August 2019 she was recruited to the Center of Molecular Medicine and the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia. Her laboratory has been mechanistically dissecting self-renewal, differentiation and reprogramming using mouse and human embryonic stem cell models.