Chen Dong defends PhD thesis

Chen Dong successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled “Investigating the specification and regulation of the human trophoblast lineage using cell culture models” on Friday, April 29th, 2022. Chen pioneered our efforts to derive human trophoblast stem cells (hTSCs) from naive pluripotent stem cells and performed a genome-wide CRISPR screen that identified essential and growth-restricting genes in hTSCs. He’s also the first PhD student to graduate from the Theunissen Lab. Congratulations Dr. Dong!