Cindy van Velthoven, Ph.D.
Cindy joined the Allen Institute as part of the Mouse Cell Types program in September 2018. Here, she contributes to projects related to cell type identification and develops new techniques to characterize the cells. Before joining the Institute, she completed her postdoctoral training in the lab of Tom Rando at Stanford University. She studied post-transcriptional mechanisms involved in regulating stem cell quiescence. Cindy used various transcriptional and translational profiling techniques to probe the earliest activation changes in quiescent stem cells in vivo.
Cindy received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, where she studied the use of stem cells to repair the neonatal brain after ischemic injury. Cindy earned a M.S. in pathobiology from Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
My main interest is in understanding how a developing cell navigates the cell fate determination process. During development, cells must proliferate, differentiate, and signal to each other to ensure correct organization within structures. Gene expression, regulated by transcription factor networks, aides in coordinating growth, shape, and function of cells. Using their transcriptional profiles, we can distinguish cell types and increase our understanding of cell fate determination.
- Stem Cell Biology
- Cell Types