Andre Catic, M.D., Ph.D.
Stem cells have the unique ability to renew themselves and to give rise to differentiated cells. And in some organs, stem cells can produce diverse types of daughter cells. But why can’t progeny cells become stem cells again? What makes them “forget” what they were capable of? It is especially this erasing of cell memory that Andre is interested in. He utilizes various stem cell models to study how the transition during differentiation and de-differentiation is achieved and how these mechanisms are affected by aging.
Andre received his M.D. at the University of Ulm (Germany) in 1999 and then continued with a residency in Hematology/Oncology and Tumorimmunology at the Charité Hospital in Berlin. In 2001, he was awarded a Ph.D. scholarship by the Immunology Program of Harvard University. He completed his Doctoral Thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Hidde Ploegh at M.I.T. and the Whitehead Institute and joined the Scadden laboratory in 2007. Andre is supported by the Irvington Fellowship of the Cancer Research Institute and the Margaret Dammann Eisner Fellowship.