“Organoids: From In Vitro Oddities to Promising Therapies” – Karl Koehler @ Cafe Inquiry



PUBLIC LECTURE, June 15th, 7pm CENTER FOR INQUIRY, DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLISKarl Koehler, Cafe Inquiry June 15, 2016

CINSO and the Center for Inquiry of Indiana co-host the monthly lecture series “Cafe Inquiry.”



In recent years, numerous studies have shown how stem cells can be used to generate organ-like tissues, known as organoids, in a culture dish. To date, organoids representing various parts of the body, such as the brain, pancreas, kidneys, and inner ear, have been produced in labs around the world. In this talk, I will show you how we go about growing new organs from stem cells and discuss how organoids may impact the future of regenerative medicine.


Speaker Biography:

Karl Koehler is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. His lab studies new ways to generate cranial tissues, such as the inner ear and skin, from stem cells. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from DePauw University in Greencastle Indiana, and his Ph.D. in Medial Neuroscience from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2014. After a short postdoctoral fellowship—also at IUSM—he joined the faculty in 2015.