Elaine Fuchs speaks at the Bell House in Brooklyn.

The skin’s ability to self-renew has long fascinated cell biologist Elaine Fuchs. She has spent her career researching the skin’s stem cells and how their basic biology can be used to create new therapies and cures. In the latest installment of the Lasker Public Lecture Series, held on April 15, Fuchs guided the audience through a deep dive of the history of stem cell science, current topics, and questions to be addressed by future research in the field.

The free public talk, titled “Adult (Tissue) Stem Cells: The Good, The Bad, and the Promise for Regenerative Medicine,” was held at the Bell House in Brooklyn and was co-hosted with the Secret Science Club. This special lecture was supported by an anonymous donation made in honor of the Lasker Foundation board member, Alfred (Al) Sommer, recipient of the 1997 Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award and Dean Emeritus at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Lasker Public Lectures promote dialogue between curious, engaged individuals and some of the most accomplished scientists in the world.