Reijo Pera - MSU

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Dr Reijo Pera is the Vice President of Research and Economic Development and a Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montana State University. She was recruited to Montana State University from Stanford University where she was the George D Smith Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and directed the Center for Reproductive and Stem Cell Biology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as the Stanford University Doctoral Graduate Program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and the Stanford University Center for Human Embryonic Pluripotent Stem Cell Research and Education. She received her doctoral degree from Cornell University and was a Damon Runyon Fellow in Human Genetics, at the Whitehead Institute at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology in the laboratory of Dr David Page, before joining the faculty at the University of California in San Francisco in 1997. She has been named one of twenty influential women in the US by Newsweek magazine (2006) and her laboratory was recognized as producing one of the top breakthroughs in biomedical science in 2010.