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Cédric Blanpain, PhD


Professor @Université Libre de Bruxelles

Director @Laboratory of Stem Cells and Cancer


Brussels, Belgium


Cédric Blanpain is full professor, WELBIO investigator and director of the laboratory of stem cells and cancer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His research group uses lineage-tracing approaches to study the role of SCs during development, homeostasis and cancer. His group uncovered the existence of stem cells and progenitors acting during homeostasis and repair of the epidermis and uncovered a novel paradigm of lineage segregation in the mammary gland and prostate. His lab was pioneered in using mouse genetics to identify the cancer cell of origin and the mechanisms regulating the early steps of tumor initiation in skin basal cell carcinoma, skin squamous cell carcinoma and mammary tumors. His lab developed novel approaches to unravel tumor heterogeneity and to understand the mechanisms regulating the tumor states responsible for tumor growth, metastasis and resistance to anti-cancer therapy.

Cedric Blanpain received important awards including, ERC starting, consolidator and advanced grants, the outstanding young investigator award of the ISSCR, the Liliane Bettencourt award for life sciences, or the EACR Mike Price gold medal. He is a member of the EMBO, the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine, the Academia Europaea and the French Academy of Science.

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This symposium is supported by QuantOCancer Project funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 810653.