Global Speaker Series: Shruti Naik, PhD – New York University Grossman School of Medicine

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The Medicine by Design Global Speaker Series invites established and emerging international leaders in regenerative medicine to engage with our extraordinary community of researchers and clinicians.

Join speaker, Shruti Naik, Associate Professor in Pathology, Medicine and Dermatology and Associate Director of the Colton Center for Autoimmunity at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Talk title: Immune-mediated mechanisms of tissue adaptation and maladaptation.

About Shruti Naik






Dr. Shruti Naik, Ph.D., holds the position of Associate Professor in Pathology, Medicine and Dermatology and also serves as the Associate Director of the Colton Center for Autoimmunity at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Dr. Naik is an international leader in immunology and regenerative medicine. Her research examines how Psoriasis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the most common chronic inflammatory diseases that collectively affect ~5% of the Western population, profoundly impair organ function. By leveraging cutting-edge technologies to study mechanisms of how immune cells comminate with tissues in health and disease, Naik seeks to develop curative therapies that halt inflammatory damage and rejuvenate organs at the cellular and molecular level.

Dr. Naik earned her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland College Park and subsequently obtained her Ph.D. through the University of Pennsylvania-NIH graduate partnership program under the mentorship of Drs. Yasmine Belkaid and Julie Segre. She further honed her expertise as s Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rockefeller University in New York City.

In addition to her outstanding research contributions, Dr. Naik is a strong advocate for increasing diversity in science. She is also committed to mentoring the next generation of scientists and physicians. Her involvement extends to serving on Scientific Advisory Board of the Keystone Symposium and her role as an Executive Producer of the film Six Degrees from Science. Dr. Naik has received numerous accolades for her groundbreaking research and advocacy including the Regeneron Award for Creative Innovation, the L’Oréal For Women in Science Award, the Damon Runyon Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientist, the Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, the International Takeda International Innovators in Science Award, Pew-Stewart Scholar, NIH Directors Innovator Award DP2, Packard Fellow, Burrows Welcome PATH award, and is a NYSCF Robertson Stem Cell Investigator.

Talk abstract

The epithelial tissues that line our body routinely experience inflammation inducing pathogenic and noxious agents. The mechanisms and consequences of how epithelial tissues, and in particular their long-lived stem cells, sense, respond to, and remember such encounters are only now beginning to unfold. I discuss the crosstalk between immune cells, epithelial stem cells, and c microbes and its importance for epithelial health and repair. Understanding these dynamic interactions may provide unique means of boosting epithelial barrier function and healing by modulating immune and microbial signals perceived by stem cells

Hosted by Medicine by Design, in partnership with the McEwen Stem Cell Institute. 

This event will be held in-person only at the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research, Red Room.


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