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Prof. Larry F. Lemanski

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Larry F. Lemanski, Ph.D.

Larry F. Lemanski completed his B.S. degree with honors, in Biology and Chemistry, from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.  After four years as an NIH and MDAA Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, he joined the medical faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, as an Assistant Professor in residence and then moved to the faculty of the College of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he went up through the ranks to Full Professor of Anatomy. He then joined the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. He moved to Texas A&M University as an Associate Vice President for Research, then to Florida Atlantic University as a Vice President for Research, to Temple University as Senior Vice president for Research and Strategic Initiatives, and to Texas A&M University-Commerce as Provost of the University. He has now transitioned to the position of Distinguished Research Professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce. His research interests throughout his career have involved embryonic heart development and cardiac cell differentiation using a variety of morphological, cellular, biochemical, and molecular biology approaches. He and his associates have published numerous papers in the field of embryonic heart development and cardiac cell differentiation. His current work centers around his earlier pioneering discovery that selected RNAs can promote the differentiation of non-muscle cells to form into functional cardiac tissue.

Global Medical Discovery featured article: A fetal human heart cardiac inducing RNA (CIR) promotes the differentiation of stem cells into cardiomyocytes